The United States flag flowing at half-mast on the White House in honour of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, should not be taken seriously as it is a hoax.
Images showing the US flow at half-mast with a caption “First Time in World History US White House Flag was flown at half-mast in honour of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Sir” are doing rounds on social media.
Social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have received several claims that US President Barack Obama had instructed that the US flag on White House to be flown at half-mast.
While it is not clear as to who had started the viral hoax, the false claim has taken the social media by storm. The message is being shared wildly on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
It is true is recently President Obama had asked the US flag to be flown at half-mast, not only on the White House, but on all official buildings, including overseas embassies. The flag was lowered to honour soldiers killed in a shooting rampage at Chattanooga, Tennessee, claims Washington Post.
Obama had released an official circular on 21 July announcing that the flag will fly at half-mast till 25 July evening. The US President, however, did issue a condolence message on Dr Kalam’s death: “I wish to extend my condolences to the people of India on the passing away of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on 27 July evening while delivering a lecture to the IIM students.