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Flags lowered as mark of respect for Virginia Tech victims

April 17, 2007

KALAMAZOO--President George W. Bush today ordered U.S. flags on federal buildings to fly at half-staff through Sunday, April 22, "as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Monday, April 16," on the campus of Virginia Tech, according to a presidential proclamation released by the White House.

"Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech. We hold the victims in our hearts. We lift them up in our prayers, and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering," the proclamation said.

By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and at all state buildings and facilities throughout Michigan are to be lowered to half-staff through Sunday, April 22, in accordance with the President Bush's proclamation, which applies to federal buildings and facilities.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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