In honor of the life of Senator Ted Kennedy, the Colleges will fly the flag at half-mast until Sunday, Aug. 30.
“Senator Edward Kennedy was a champion for important causes and his commitment to public service was unyielding. Whether one agreed with his views or not, all of us can reflect on his model of civic engagement and honor his dedication to our country,” said President Mark D. Gearan.
The Colleges’ observance is in line with the presidential proclamation issued by President Barack Obama who ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on all official U.S. buildings.
“As a mark of respect for the memory of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 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,” the proclamation said.
Obama’s proclamation paid tribute to “not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.
“Over the past half-century, nearly every major piece of legislation that has advanced the civil rights, health, and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.
“With his passing, an important chapter in our American story has come to an end,” the proclamation said.
Kennedy died Tuesday. In office since November 1962, Kennedy served nine terms in the Senate; he was the second most senior member of the Senate, and the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history.