As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated onMay 18, 2018in Santa Fe, Texas,President Donald J. Trumphas ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staffeffective IMMEDIATELY until sunset,Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag is lowered to half-staff as well; no flag may be higher than the United States flag.