Earlier Tuesday, Alabama Today reported State Auditor Jim Zeigler‘s call to Gov. Robert Bentley to lower the flag over the Alabama state capitol to fly at half-staff and join flags across the country in honoring the victims of the terrorist attack at two military centers in Chattanooga last Thursday.
At 1:00 p.m. CT, Bentley posted on Facebook that he had just ordered the flags to be lowered.
Bentley’s Facebook post came just 30 minutes after President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House and other public buildings to fly at half-staff after mounting criticism over the delay in honoring five armed forces members killed last week by a gunman.
Alabama Today asked the governor’s office whether his actions were before, or in response to, the president’s, it responded, “The governor ordered the flags to be displayed at half-staff today in compliance with the proclamation issued by the president.”