President Obama’s proclamation that all flags in the US should be flown at half-mast in honour of the victims of the Tuscon shooting on the weekend, encountered a number of potholes when it came to being spread throughout the nation.
Isolated flags across the country remained at full-staff on their flagpoles, due to the information on the full extent of the decree not reaching all corners of the nation.
In Effingham, Illinois, a number of local businesses and organisations still had their flags at full height. American Legion Post 120 Commander Dennis Brown, said, “We weren’t aware of any directives.”
He, along with Effingham city employee Joyce Curry, lowered the flags on their outposts on Monday afternoon, shortly after they had been informed of the flying, but missing the scheduled midday moment of remembrance.
In accordance with the United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 Section 7, the President made the half-staff order “as a mark of respect” for victims of the Saturday shooting, remaining in effect until sunset Friday.
Six people were killed and fifteen were injured when gun man, Jared Loughner, opened fire on a public event being held by local Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. Rep. Giffords was first to be shot, sustaining a gunshot wound to her head, but survived her injuries.