The president has asked everyone flying an American flag for the rest of this week have it fly at only half-staff in honor of the horrible Navy Yard shooting. If you have a flag at home or at work, make sure you follow this meaningful request to honor our fallen countrymen.

It is a terrible thing to have to lower our flags from flying high. But, it is an important thing to honor those lost in a tragedy as the Navy Yard shooting.

Obama explained:

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, 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, September 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."

Let's show that our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost a loved one and have our flags lowered in their honor.