Flags at half-staff in honor of Brussels attacks victims

Visitors to the Washington Monument walk under flags flying at half-staff early Wednesday, March 23, 2016, honoring the victims of the Brussels attacks, in Washington. In the background is the Lincoln Memorial. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP/WAVY) — Flags on public buildings across Virginia will be flying at half-staff through sunset Saturday as a sign of respect for victims of the bombings in Brussels.

Virginia March 22 Flag Order

President Barack Obama ordered the gesture of solidarity with Belgium in a proclamation issued hours after Tuesday’s attacks. In his proclamation, Obama says “the American people stand with the people of Brussels.”

The U.S. flag is also being lowered to half-staff at the White House, federal buildings across the country and American military and diplomatic stations around the world.

Special Coverage: Terror in Brussels

Islamic extremists struck Tuesday in the heart of Europe, killing at least 31 people and wounding scores of others in back-to-back bombings of the Brussels airport and subway.

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