Capitol Flags are lowered in memory of the 13 Afghan withdrawal fatalities.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, issued an order to lower the flags at the United States Capitol to half-staff as a tribute to the 13 American service members who tragically lost their lives in the attack on an airport in Afghanistan. This deadly incident occurred during the tumultuous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.

The decision to fly the flags at half-staff serves as a solemn gesture of respect and mourning for the lives of these brave servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out their duties. The attack underscored the dangers and challenges faced by American military personnel during complex operations, particularly in high-risk environments.

Speaker McCarthy’s directive to lower the flags is a demonstration of bipartisan support for honoring and remembering the fallen service members. Such gestures highlight the unity of purpose in recognizing the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and expressing condolences to their families and loved ones.

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