Across the nation, flags are flying half-staff to pay tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Friday.
Concord Mayor Scott Padgett joined North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue and President Barack Obama by ordering United States and North Carolina flags to be lowered at City of Concord facilities. National and local officials urged U.S. citizens to also follow the order.
By early Saturday, local flags flew at half-staff from businesses in Concord, to apartment complexes and fire departments in Ballantyne.
The City Council and I are saddened by the loss of life in Connecticut today, Padgett said in a statement Friday. This is yet another unfortunate reminder that we should cherish every moment with our loved ones. Concord, as a community, treasures our children. Todays violence brings heartbreak and disbelief to us; we share in Newtowns pain. The victims, their loved ones, and the entire Newtown community will remain in our prayers.
President Obama ordered the U.S. flag to be flown half-staff throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset on Dec.18.