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Flags at half-staff to honor former Speaker

October 29th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments
In this Jan. 31, 1990 file photo, President George Bush receives applause from Vice President Dan Quayle, left, and House Speaker Thomas Foley prior to delivering his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. Flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Foley, who died earlier this month at the age of 84. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, file )

In this Jan. 31, 1990 file photo, President George Bush receives applause from Vice President Dan Quayle, left, and House Speaker Thomas Foley prior to delivering his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, file )

U.S. flags are flying at half-staff today to honor former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas S. Foley.

In a proclamation issued Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama order the flag be displayed at half-staff at the White House, government buildings, public buildings and ground, embassies and other facilities abroad, military installations and half-mast aboard all naval vessels.

Foley, who died earlier this month at the age of 84, was a Democrat from Washington who served more than five years as Speaker. His public service included 30 years in Congress and four years as the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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