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Flags fly at half-staff in honor of victims of Boston bombings

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The American flag is lowered at the White House in Washington, April 16, 2013, honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The American flag is lowered at the White House in Washington, April 16, 2013, honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The flag of the City of Boston flew at half staff outside New York's City Hall. The flag of the City of Boston flew at half staff outside New York's City Hall.
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President Barack Obama ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the governors of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey followed suit.

The president ordered flags on all federal buildings and grounds, military and naval facilities, foreign missions and more to stay at half-staff until sunset, April 20, 2013.

Twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and wounded more than a hundred people on Monday.

In a proclamation, the president said it was as "a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston."

Following the president's proclamation, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff on state buildings until sunset April 20.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Massachusetts during this difficult time," Malloy said. "Connecticut is ready to lend whatever assistance is needed in the wake of this tragedy."

Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said U.S. and state flags on state government buildings will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, April 17.

"I join with my fellow New Yorkers and Americans in mourning the loss of the innocent lives that were taken in yesterday's terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon," Cuomo said. "I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims, as well as the residents of Boston."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday evening issued an executive order directing state and U.S. flags on state buildings to fly at half-staff on Thursday, April 18, "in recognition and mourning of the passing of the victims" of the bombings.

In the executive order, Christie stated "the people of the State of New Jersey pause today in unity with the people of the State of Massachusetts to mourn the devastating losses suffered by the families and loved ones of the fallen[.]"

At New York's City Hall, not only were U.S. and New York City flags flying at half-staff Tuesday, but the flag of Boston was also flying at half-staff.

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