- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. and state flags in South Carolina are flying at half-staff through Saturday to honor the five military service members killed in last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Gov. Nikki Haley directed the lowering of flags on state property after President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Tuesday regarding U.S. flags flown at public buildings across the country.

Obama’s order came five days after four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed during shootings at two Tennessee military sites. The president’s move followed congressional orders to lower flags at the U.S. Capitol.

South Carolina law allows the governor to order state flags be lowered for the same period as a presidential order.

Haley urges residents to pray for the families of “those heroes we lost in Chattanooga.”

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