President Trump has ordered flags stationed outside federal buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of those who lost their lives during two shooting incidents in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
The president announced the decision where he said he and First Lady Melania are praying for the victims.
“Today, I authorized the lowering of the flags to half-staff at all Federal Government buildings in honor of the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio,” Trump said in a tweet.
“The flags at the White House will be lowered today through Thursday, August 8. Melania and I are praying for all those impacted by this unspeakable act of evil!” he added.
….The flags at the White House will be lowered today through Thursday, August 8. Melania and I are praying for all those impacted by this unspeakable act of evil!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also ordered flags at public buildings in Ohio to be lowered to half-staff:
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) August 4, 2019
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a similar declaration, paying respects to the victims:
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) August 4, 2019
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey joined in on the effort:
At the request of @POTUS, I have directed flags be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the El Paso & Dayton tragedies. Alabama stands with our friends in Texas & Ohio. pic.twitter.com/WAfZy3pyBt
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) August 4, 2019
As ABC News reports, paying respects to and offering prayers for those whose lives were lost are two of several ways members of the affected communities are helping.
From ABC News:
In the wake of a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 20 dead and dozens more injured, people wasted no time heading to blood donation centers and stood in line for hours for the chance to help.
Hours later, another community was left reeling in the wake of a mass shooting, after a deadly rampage in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The El Paso Community Foundation has set up an online fund to help those impacted by the shooting. The foundation said it will waive administrative fees and pay credit card fees associated with fundraising for the victims, and that it will work with the city of El Paso and the county to disburse funds.
The VA of El Paso urged any victims, or family of victims, who are veterans to call the Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Perches Funeral Homes will provide free funerals to the victims of the mass shooting. To learn more, call (915) 532-2101.
Operation Hope will be partnering with Sunset and Martin Funeral Homes to assist victim’s families with funeral expenses, according to ABC News affiliate KVIA.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 5, 2019