BY REBECCA BENNETT AND MARK GOODSON — The flags at the Hyattsville Municipal Building have been at half staff from July 21 to 25 after President Barack Obama ordered it to honor the victims after a man walked into two military offices and opened fire.

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“Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga.  We honor their service.  We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives.  We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm:  We do not give in to fear.  You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life,” the President said.