Gov. Pence requests flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday following Boston tragedy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Gov. Mike Pence requested all state facilities to fly their flags at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the lives lost and the dozens injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation honoring the victims in Monday’s tragedy and ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, April 20.

Gov. Pence asks businesses and residents across their state to participate as well.

Monday, three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and as many as 170 were wounded after two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, said Boston Police Chief Ed Davis on Tuesday. Of the 170 patients treated in area hospitals, at least 17 were in critical condition. At least eight of the wounded are children.

President Obama said Tuesday that the Boston bombings were a “heinous and cowardly act” that the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism.

“Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terrorism,” President Obama said, adding that it remained unclear who carried out the attack and why.

He said that “this is a good time for all of us to remember that we all have a part to play in alerting authorities if you see something suspicious,” telling Americans to “speak up.”

Read President Obama’s proclamation in its entirety below:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.