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Tribute to Orlando

In honor of the victims of the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., the American flag on the HWS campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, June 16. A remembrance service will also be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 in St. John’s Chapel.

The Colleges’ observance is in line with the proclamation issued by President Barack Obama who ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all official U.S. buildings.

“As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated … in Orlando … 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,” reads the proclamation.

Obama issued the proclamation following the June 12 shooting that officials are calling the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting, which left at least 50 dead and dozens more injured, occurred at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub.

“This could have been any one of our communities,” said Obama in a statement. “As a country, we will be there for the people of Orlando, today, tomorrow, and all the days to come.”

In a note to the campus, President Mark D. Gearan reminded the HWS community “of our collective responsibility to stand in solidarity with all those toward whom hate is directed.” 

“At the core of the liberal arts is our dedication to educate students who embody an understanding of and respect for human dignity and life. We are united in our grief over this senseless loss of life and resolved to do all we can to eliminate bigotry, hatred and violence,” Gearan wrote.