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Half-Staff Wisconsin Flags – Honoring Heidi Ruh

Monday, May 19th, 2014

American Flags and Wisconsin Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, May 19th in Wisconsin in honor of US Army Sergeant Heidi Ruh. Sergeant Ruh lost her life in Kosovo while serving with the 61st Medical Maintenance Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade. She had previously served tours in Afghanistan in both 2011 and 2012.
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Half-Staff Wisconsin Flags – Honoring Patrick Lucey

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

American Flags and Wisconsin Flags to fly at half-staff beginning Tuesday, May 13th in honor of former Governor Patrick Lucey. Governor Lucey served as Governor of the people of Wisconsin from 1971-1977. He had previously served in the US Army and after his terms as Governor he was named the US Ambassador to Mexico by President Carter. Flags are to remain at half-staff through his interment (details of which are still pending).
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Half-Staff American Flags – Peace Officers Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

American Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 15th throughout the United States in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week 2014.
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PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY AND POLICE WEEK, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Each year, America sets aside a week to salute the men and women who do the difficult, dangerous, and often thankless work of safeguarding our communities. Our Nation’s peace officers embody the very idea of citizenship — that along with our rights come responsibilities, both to ourselves and to others. During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives.

As we mourn the fallen, let us also remember how they lived. With unflinching commitment, they defended our schools and businesses. They guarded prisons; patrolled borders; and kept us safe at home, on the road, and as we went about our lives. To their families, we owe an unpayable debt. And to the men and women who carry their mission forward, we owe our unyielding support.

Our Nation has an obligation to ensure that as police officers face untold risks in the line of duty, we are doing whatever we can to protect them. This means providing all necessary resources so they can get the job done, hiring new officers where they are needed most, and investing in training to prepare those on the front lines for potentially deadly situations. It also means making reforms to curb senseless epidemics of violence that threaten law enforcement officers and haunt the neighborhoods they serve.

Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude. We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted — every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.

By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2014, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 11 through May 17, 2014, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

Half-Staff Maine Flags – Peace Officers Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

American Flags and Maine Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 15th in the State of Maine in honor of 2014 Peace Officers Memorial Day.
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Half-Staff Illinois Flags – Honoring Peace Officer Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

American Flags and Illinois Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 15th in the state of Illinois in honor of 2014 Peace Officers Memorial Day.
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Half-Staff Arizona Flags – Honoring Peace Officers Memorial Day

Monday, May 5th, 2014

American Flags and Arizona Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, May 5th in honor of Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors all those officers that were killed in the line of duty during the past year.
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Half-Staff New York Flags – Honoring Christian Chandler

Monday, May 5th, 2014

American Flags and New York Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, May 5th in New York State in honor of US Army PFC Christian Chandler. PFC Chandler died while serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when his unit was attacked with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
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