Hawai’i Flags Lowered in Honor of Victims at Sikh Temple

August 7, 2012, 8:24 AM HST · Updated August 7, 12:26 PM
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Hawaii flag. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Flags are now flying at half staff through sunset on Friday as the nation honors the victims of a tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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During the August 5, 2012 incident, six people were killed and three others critically injured when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple. The gunman was fatally shot by police responding to the incident.

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Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie ordered all national and state flags at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff as directed by President Barack Obama.

The Presidential Proclamation stated the action was, “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on August 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.”

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