CBS/AP) Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation Wednesday, ordering that U.S. flags around the world fly at half-mast in honor of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died late Tuesday night.
The proclamation applies to flags at the White House, public buildings, and U.S. embassies, consulates and military installations around the world as well as those on U.S. Navy ships - but the orders are customarily observed by anyone who flies the flag.
The flags are ordered to fly at half-mast until sunset on Aug. 30.
"Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy," the president said in a statement accompanying his decree. "
Senator Kennedy was also involved in this accident driving off a bridge into the water and not reporting it for ten hours. There was a girl in the car at the time who died.....her name was Mary Jo Kopechne. I was nineteen years old at the time and it's something I never forgot. It taught me that it was great to live in a free country......especially one where money could buy you "real" freedom. A week after the incident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended two-month sentence. The diver who recovered the body felt sure if he had been called at the time of the accident, he could have saved her. But Kennedy decided not to call until he had met with all of his handlers to concoct his story which, to this day, is not plausible.