President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until Saturday evening in response to the death of former Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat.
On the same day Dingell's death was announced, Trump issued a proclamation to honor the longest serving member of Congress — 59 years — in history.
"As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan … I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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, February 9, 2019," the proclamation reads.
"I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."
Dingell, who served in the House from 1955-2015, was 92 when he died of cancer Thursday. His wife Debbie, 65, won his seat in 2014 after he announced his retirement.
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