Global Community Stands with Brussels

All around the world, countries join in remembering lives lost in Brussels, Belgium. Many were injured and more than 35 people have lost their lives, after a day of violence last week in the city of Brussels.

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, a country in Western Europe with almost the same population as the state of Ohio.

President Obama ordered all American flags in the U.S. to be flown at half-staff, showing respect for the victims. As were flags outside the European Union's headquarters, which is in Brussels. Flying a flag at half-staff, called half-mast in parts of Europe means that the flag is flying halfway between the top and bottom of the flagpole. In many countries, the act is seen as a symbol of respect, or mourning.

Other countries displayed support and solidarity by displaying the red, yellow and black colors of the Belgium flag, on national monuments.

Instructional Links

Website: Half Staff American Flag Notifications

http://halfstaff.org/

Website Article: Brownielocks & the Three Bears, U. S. Rules and Flag Etiquette

http://www.brownielocks.com/flagrules.html

Website Article: Time for Kids, Mourning in Brussels

http://www.timeforkids.com/news/mourning-brussels/390686

Encyclopedia Article: World Book Kids, Brussels

http://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/home#article/ar835752

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