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Half-Staff Maryland State Flags – Honoring Ian Loughran

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Maryland State Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, September 19th in honor of Sergeant Ian Loughran. Sgt. Loughran was a 16yr veteran of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office who died September 13th in the line of duty.
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Half-Staff Virginia Flags – Honoring Jonathan Schmidt

Monday, September 17th, 2012

American Flags and Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, September 18th at the Capitol complex in Virginia in honor of US Army Staff Sergeant Jonathan P. Schmidt.

Flags are also authorized for display at half-staff in the City of Petersburg.
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Half-Staff Michigan Flags – Honoring Patrick O’Rourke

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

American Flags and Michigan Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, September 14th in the state of Michigan in honor of Officer Patrick O’Rourke.

According to the office of the governor:
West Bloomfield Township Police Officer Patrick O’Rourke was fatally shot Sept. 9 as he and fellow officers attempted to assist a man they believed was suicidal. O’Rourke was a 12-year veteran of law enforcement.
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Half-Staff Maryland Flags – Honoring Charles Licato

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Maryland Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, September 12th in honor of Corporal Charles B. Licato.

According to the office of the governor:
Corporal Charles B. Licato was a 14 year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office who died September 6, 2012 in the line of duty.
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Half-Staff American Flags – Honoring John Christopher Stevens

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

American Flags to fly at half-staff throughout the United States Wednesday, September 12th through Sunday, September 16th in honor of the victims of the attack in Benghazi, Libya; including US Ambassador John Christopher Stevens.

According to the Office of the President:
As a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, and American personnel killed in the senseless attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, September 16, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
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Half-Staff American Flags – Patriot Day

Monday, September 10th, 2012

American Flags to fly at half-staff across the US on Tuesday, September 11th in honor of Patriot Day 2012.

According to the Office of the President:
On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders — and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget.

More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness. In the spirit that moved rescue workers and firefighters to charge into darkness and danger that September morning, we see the same sense of moral responsibility that drove countless Americans to give of themselves in the months that followed. We offered our neighbors a hand and lined up to give blood. Many helped our Nation rebuild and recover long after the dust had settled, donating and volunteering and helping survivors who had borne so much. We were united, and the outpouring of generosity reminded us that, through challenges that have spanned from acts of terrorism to natural disasters, we go forward together as one people.

Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country’s darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives — and each of us can do something. To get involved and find a local service opportunity, visit www.Serve.gov, or www.Servir.gov for Spanish speakers.

Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America’s sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue — not just on one day, but every day.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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Half-Staff North Carolina Flags – Honoring Gene DeMuth

Monday, September 10th, 2012

North Carolina Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, September 12th at the State Capital, State Highway Patrol offices and state facilities in Nash County in honor of NC State Trooper B. Gene DeMuth.

According to the office of the governor:
Trooper DeMuth was killed in the line of duty when he was struck and killed by a suspect’s vehicle while he was positioning stop sticks to halt a pursuit. He was a 12-year veteran of the State Highway Patrol.
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Half-Staff Massachusetts Flags – Honoring Tyrone Hines

Monday, September 10th, 2012

American Flags and Massachusetts Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, September 10th in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in honor of US Army Sgt. Tyrone A. Hines.
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Half-Staff Michigan Flags – Honoring Shane Cantu

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

American Flags and Michigan Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, September 10th in the state of Michigan in honor of US Army Pfc. Shane Cantu.

According to the office of the governor:
US Army Pfc. Shane Cantu died Aug. 28 in Afghanistan. He was a member of the U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Cantu was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Army Good Conduct Meal posthumously. His other awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. Cantu received the NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge posthumously. He also received the Parachutist Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the Overseas Service Bar.
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Half-Staff Kentucky Flags – Honoring Patricia Horne

Friday, September 7th, 2012

American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, September 8th in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of US Army Pfc. Patricia Horne.

According to the office of the governor:
Pfc. Patricia L. Horne died August 24th in Bagram, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
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