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Half-Staff Virginia Flags – Honoring Gabriel Pearce

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, July 2nd at the Capitol in honor of Henrico County Deputy Sheriff Gabriel Pearce.

Flags are also to be flown at half-staff in the County of Henrico and in any location deemed appropriate.

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Half-Staff Virginia Flags – Honoring David Stewart

Monday, June 30th, 2014

American Flags and Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, July 1st over the Capitol in honor of US Marine Staff Sergeant David Stewart.

Flags are also to be flown at half-staff in the County of Stafford and in any location deemed appropriate.

Staff Sgt. Stewart died as a result of injuries suffered while serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Stewart served on three tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and this was his second tour in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC.

His awards include: The Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

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Half-Staff Montana Flags – Honoring Todd Rummel

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

American Flags and Montana Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, June 25th in honor of Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel and five Montanans who died in a traffic accident June 19th near East Helena.
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Half-Staff Washington Flags – Honoring Justin Clouse

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

American Flags and Washington State Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, June 21st in honor of Army Cpl. Justin Clouse. Clouse was killed in combat while on deployment in Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
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Half-Staff Kentucky Flags – Honoring Paul Gordon

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, June 20th in honor of Sgt. Paul Gordon. Sgt. Gordon died while a prisoner of war during the Korean War and his remains were recently positively identified.

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Sgt. Gordon, 20, of Dry Ridge, was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In 1951, Gordon was deployed in the vicinity of Wonju, South Korea. On Jan. 7, 1951, following a battle against enemy forces, Gordon was listed as missing in action. In September 1953, as part of a prisoner exchange, known as Operation Big Switch, returning U.S. service members reported that Gordon had been captured by the Chinese during that battle and taken to a prisoner of war camp, where he died in June 1951.
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Half-Staff NC Flags – Honoring Harris Blake

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

North Carolina Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, June 12th in honor of former NC Senator Harris Blake. Senator Black represented Harnett and Moore Counties in NC for five terms prior to his retirement.

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Half-Staff Nevada Flags – Honoring Officers Beck & Soldo

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

American Flags and Nevada Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, June 9th through Friday, June 13th in Nevada in honor of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo. Officers Beck and Soldo were shot and killed while eating lunch on duty at a restaurant.
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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