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October 30, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags should be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bailey J. Tucker.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the Governor here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

Missouri Governor — Michael L. Parson

Office of Communications

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October 29, 2021

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of Hospital Corpsman Bailey Tucker

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bailey J. Tucker.

"We are saddened that Hospital Corpsman Tucker's life was cut so tragically short. The citizens of Missouri express our appreciation for our fellow Missourian's honorable service and sacrifice to this nation," Governor Parson said. "Teresa and I extend our condolences and will be praying for Bailey's family and friends during this difficult time." 

Hospital Corpsman Tucker was a graduate of Parkway North High School and joined the United States Navy in December 2019. He was stationed at Naval Air Station North Island, California, where he served as a Search and Rescue Medical Technician for Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8.

On August 31, 2021, Hospital Corpsman Tucker was killed in the line of duty when the helicopter he was aboard crashed while conducting at-sea training off the coast of California. 

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day Hospital Corpsman Bailey Tucker is laid to rest. To view the proclamation, click here

October 26, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags should be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Missouri State Representative Thomas P. Hannegan.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the Governor here.

Mark Hill
Director, OA FMDC

October 26, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags should be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Missouri State Representative Thomas P. Hannegan.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the Governor here.

Mark Hill
Director, OA FMDC

 

Missouri Governor — Michael L. Parson

Office of Communications

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October 26, 2021

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of State Representative Thomas P. Hannegan

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered that U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Missouri State Representative Thomas P. Hannegan. 

"We honor and thank Representative Hannegan for his contributions to the people of the 65th district and the entire state of Missouri. He leaves behind a strong legacy of public service and advocacy," Governor Parson said. "Tom worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, and thanks to legislation he sponsored more military service members will have greater access to job opportunities across the state. Teresa and I are praying for Tom's family and friends during this difficult time."

Representative Hannegan was elected to his first two-year term in the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2016. He represented northern St. Charles city and eastern St. Charles county. During his tenure in the Missouri House, he sponsored HB 273, which reduced occupational barriers for members of the military and opened up additional job opportunities for Missourians, among others provisions. 

Representative Hannegan served as the Chairman of the Missouri House of Representative's Local Government Committee and a member of various others, including Children and Families, Special Committee on Criminal Justice, and Joint Committee on Disaster Preparedness and Awareness. 

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day Representative Hannegan is laid to rest. To view the proclamation, click here

October 18, 2021

President Biden has ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on October 22, 2021 in honor of General Colin Powell.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the President here.

Mark Hill
Director, OA FMDC

DEATH OF GENERAL COLIN POWELL

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents. He believed in the promise of America because he lived it. And he devoted much of his life to making that promise a reality for so many others. He embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. He repeatedly broke racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow, and was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership. Colin Powell was a good man who I was proud to call my friend, and he will be remembered in history as one of our great Americans.

As a mark of respect for General Powell and his life of service to our Nation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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 on October 22, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

October 15, 2021

President Biden has ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff starting at midnight tonight and through Saturday, October 16, 2021 in honor of the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service being held in Washington, D.C and to pay respect to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and their families. 

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the President here. 

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In honor of the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service being held in Washington, D.C., to remember and pay respect to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and their families, 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 on Saturday, October 16, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

October 8, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags should be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Linn County on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of WWII Navy Sailor George Merton Gooch.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the Governor here.

Mark Hill
Director, OA FMDC

 

Missouri Governor — Michael L. Parson

Office of Communications

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October 8, 2021

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of WWII Navy Sailor George Merton Gooch 

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Linn County on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of WWII Navy Sailor George Merton Gooch.

"We lower the flags to say thank you to U.S. Navy Sailor George Gooch for his and his family's service and sacrifice," Governor Parson said. "The entire State of Missouri joins George's family and the Laclede community in honoring him and finally welcoming him home."

George Gooch of Laclede, Missouri, was killed in action at the age of 22 during World War II on the Battleship USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His remains were not identified until September 14, 2020, using familial DNA from his grand-nephew. 

George Gooch is returning home and will be laid to rest at the Laclede Cemetery in Laclede, Missouri, on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. He will receive Full Navy Military Funeral Honors conducted by the United States Navy. 

The funeral procession for George Gooch will pass in front of the Pershing Boyhood Home and pause in front of the General John J. Pershing statue before arriving at the Laclede Cemetery.

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day George Gooch is laid to rest. 

September 23, 2021

 

 

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags at all government buildings in Jackson County will be flown at half-staff on Friday September 24, 2021, from sunrise until sunset in honor of Independence Police Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the Governor here.

Mark Hill
Director, OA FMDC

GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS FLAGS TO FLY HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF OFFICER BLAIZE MADRID-EVANS

WHEREAS, Officer Blaize A. Madrid-Evans began his career with the Independence Police Department when he entered the Kansas City Regional Police Academy on January 4, 2021, and graduated on July 8, 2021; and

WHEREAS, after receiving his Missouri Peace Officer license on July 8, 2021, Officer Madrid-Evans was commissioned by the Independence Police Department and entered the department's Field Training Officer program and was continuing to undergo training; and

WHEREAS, on September 15, 2021, Officer Madrid-Evans was on duty with the Independence Police Department when he was dispatched to a residence for a call for service and was shot by a suspect and mortally wounded; and

WHEREAS, during his brief tenure with the Independence Police Department, Officer Madrid-Evans served honorably and demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting others, even if it meant putting his own life at risk; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement officers courageously and unselfishly strive to ensure the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens; and WHEREAS, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the brave individuals in law enforcement who consider the welfare of others a personal responsibility and work tirelessly to protect the lives and the property of their fellow citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael L. Parson, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, as a mark of respect for the death of

OFFICER BLAIZE A. MADRID-EVANS

and for his bravery and service to the Independence Police Department do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in the County of Jackson, Missouri, for one full day on September 24, 2021, from sunrise to sunset. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, this 23rd day of September, 2021
 

September 15, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide will be flown at half-staff on Thursday, September 16, 2021, from sunrise until sunset in honor of United States Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, of Wentzville, Missouri.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. You can find the proclamation from the Governor here.

Mark Hill
Director, OA FMDC

 


Missouri Governor — Michael L. Parson
Office of Communications

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021


Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of United States Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz


(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered that the United States and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide be flown at half-staff on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in honor of United States Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, of Wentzville, Missouri.


On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Lance Corporal Schmitz was killed in-the-line-of-duty while courageously assisting with evacuation efforts in Kabul, Afghanistan.


“We owe a debt gratitude to Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz that can never be repaid, but we will always remember and honor his service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation in the defense of freedom," Governor Parson said. “He put his life on the line protecting our service members and allies, and he made the ultimate sacrifice for his bravery. Our hearts go out to Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz’s family and friends.”
U.S. and Missouri flags will be held at half-staff on the day Lance Corporal Schmitz is laid to rest.

Jared Schmitz

September 11, 2021

By a joint resolution approved on December 18, 2001, Public Law 107-89 has designated September 11th of each year as “Patriot Day” which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11th. Please be advised, that the flags should be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, September 11, 2021 (midnight to midnight), in recognition of Patriot Day.

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. You can find the proclamation from the President here.

 

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2021

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Twenty years ago, the United States endured one of the most unconscionable tragedies in our country's history. The cowardly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and onboard United Flight 93 cut short the lives of 2,977 innocent people. These attacks tore a hole in the heart of our Nation, and the pain of this tragedy still remains. Each year on this somber date, we remember the horror and bravery shown that day, just as we remember how we came together, united in grief and in purpose. Each year, we renew our solemn vow to never forget what happened on September 11, 2001, or those who lost their lives.

On Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we honor every life that was taken too soon. We honor the first responders -- firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency workers, and service members -- who answered the call of duty, and the brave civilians who rushed into action to save lives that day. Their courage embodies the American spirit and resilience, and their heroism continues to inspire new generations of Americans.

My mother used to say that "courage lies in every heart, and one day it will be summoned." It was summoned and shown by those who responded to the events on 9/11. First responders, emergency workers, and civilians ran to where the devastation was the greatest, where death came in an instant but where there were survivors to be found; a determined group of heroes onboard United Flight 93 sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others -- in every case, Americans faced the unimaginable with resolve and courage. Today and every day, we draw hope from the strength and selflessness of those who stepped up to serve their fellow man and our Nation on that tragic day.

We also remember the patriotism and valor of our service members who pursued our attackers, delivered justice to Osama bin Laden, and degraded al-Qa'ida. We will keep our sacred obligation to care for our service members and veterans who served in Afghanistan over the last 20 years, as well as their families, caregivers, and survivors.

Over the last two decades the American people have demonstrated that the harder the circumstances, the more resilient and stronger we become. Our shared love of country and our shared values -- regardless of race, gender, religion, origin, or economic status -- unite us as Americans against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Today, on this Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we move forward as one Nation, united by our common goal of liberty and justice for all. We remember those killed on September 11, 2001, and honor them through acts of service. I encourage all Americans to visit americorps.gov/911-day to learn about and seek opportunities to serve others on this day and to demonstrate once again that the ideals we hold, which many have tried to attack and destroy, are the very bonds that hold us together -- even tighter in times of peril.

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, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2021, 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 its Territories 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 on September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR

August 26, 2021

By order of the President, U.S. and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide will be flown at half-staff effective immediately and should remain lowered until sunset on August 30, 2021 in honor and to pay our respects to the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. You can find the proclamation from the President here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 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, August 30, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

August 13, 2021

[Missouri Office of Administration - oa.mo.gov]

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide will be flown at half-staff on Saturday, August 14, 2021, from sunrise until sunset in honor of United States Marine Corps Corporal Dalton Wayne Pierson, of Jefferson City, Missouri. 

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. You can find the proclamation from the President here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of Corporal Dalton Pierson

WHEREAS, Corporal Dalton Wayne Pierson graduated from Jefferson City High School, in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 2018; and

WHEREAS, Corporal Pierson was a three-year active duty Marine in the United States Marine Corps, who began his service with the completion of boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Training in San Diego, California, in 2018; and

WHEREAS, Corporal Pierson was stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he was currently serving as a Corporal at Pioneer Platoon, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2d Marine Logistics Group, with a Marine Logistics Group, with a Military Occupational Specialty of 1371 Combat Engineer; and

WHEREAS, United States Marines courageously and unselfishly strive to ensure the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens and defense of the Nation; and

WHEREAS, on July 28, 2021, Corporal Pierson was killed in-the-line-of-duty at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the brave individuals in the military who consider the welfare of others a personal responsibility and work diligently to protect our State and Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael L. Parson, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, as a mark of respect for the line-of-duty death of

CORPORAL DALTON WAYNE PIERSON

and for his bravery and service to the United States Marine Corps, do hereby order the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in the State of Missouri, for one full day on August 14, 2021, from sunrise to sunset.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, this 13th day of August, 2021. 

MICHAEL L. PARSON

May 30, 2021

A Presidential Proclamation for Memorial Day 2021. The flags are currently at half-staff in honor of the victims in San Jose, California and will remain down until Sunday May 30th at sunset. At that point, they will be returned to full staff.

The flags should be lowered to half-staff the next day, which is Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, at 12:01 am and return to full-staff at 12 pm.

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. You can find the proclamation from the President here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA-FMDC

 

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2021

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

 On Memorial Day, we honor and reflect upon the courage, integrity, and selfless dedication of the members of our Armed Forces who have made the greatest sacrifice in service to our Nation. Whether in the waters of the Pacific, on the beachheads of Europe, in the deserts of the Middle East, or in the mountains of Afghanistan, American service members have given their lives to uphold our Constitution and to defend the safety and freedoms of our citizens. These patriots embody the best of the American spirit. They put themselves on the line for our shared values -- for duty, honor, country -- and they paid the ultimate price. Our Nation can never fully repay the debt we owe to our fallen heroes and their families.

Jill and I know what it means to have a child serving in a war zone -- the ever-present concern for your loved one and their fellow service members. Today and every day, we ask God to protect our troops. We also recognize the tremendous loss endured by America's Gold Star families -- the families of military members who died in conflict. We have a sacred obligation as a Nation to support those families and to always honor the memories of their loved ones. 

That is the vow we make each year on Memorial Day. Our Nation will never forget the courage and patriotism demonstrated by the countless women and men who laid down their lives so that we may continue to pursue a more perfect Union and to protect the unalienable rights Americans hold dear. They came from every part of the country, of every background and belief, united by a shared belief in our uniquely American creed -- that all people are created equal. We will honor their legacy by continuing our work to live up to that commitment and to advance the values they lived and died to defend. We will continue to fight for equity and inclusion in our country and institutions, and ensure every qualified American who is willing to serve our country -- regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or background -- has a fair and equal opportunity to do so. 

We will continue to honor our fallen service members through the actions of a new generation who volunteer to serve in uniform, who anchor our military to our democratic values, and who stand ready to deter aggression from our enemies and, if required, fight and defend our Nation. Today -- as we keep true to the memory of our fallen heroes -- we will endeavor to meet their legacy and once more lead the world through the power of our example and not just the example of our power.

As our Nation's service members continue to risk their lives to protect our homeland and thwart our enemies, we must not lose sight of our desire for enduring peace. Every day, countless Americans pray and work for peace so that we may one day live in a world where American patriots need not make the ultimate sacrifice, and where all people live in freedom and prosperity. As a Nation, we are grateful to the brave members of our Armed Services -- both past and present -- who have forged the legacy for that possibility.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer and reflection. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer and reflection. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance. I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

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

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR. 

 

May 26, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, effective immediately, the United States flag at all State and government offices and all public buildings will be flown at half-staff until sunset on May 30, 2021, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in San Jose, California.

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. Following is the proclamation from the President.

Mark Hill

Director, OA-FMDC

 

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 26, 2021, in San Jose, California, 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, May 30, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

 JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

 

 

May 10, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, effective immediately, May 9 through May 15, 2021 is now declared Police Week with May 15th being Peace Officers Memorial Day. The United States flag at all State and government offices and all public buildings will be flown at half-staff on May 15, 2021 in honor or Peace Officers Day. 

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. You can find the proclamation from the President here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA-FMDC

PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY AND POLICE WEEK, 2021

Every day, we ask a great deal of the men and women of our Nation's law enforcement agencies; from ensuring public safety, to serving as front-line workers, to responding to incidents involving domestic violence, substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and homelessness, often with limited resources. Every morning, our Nation's law enforcement officers pin on a badge and go to work, not knowing what the day will bring, and hoping to come home safely. This year, even as the COVID-19 pandemic took a physical, mental, and emotional toll, our officers, deputies, and troopers demonstrated courage and dedication in continuing to support our communities. As we recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and thank them on behalf of this grateful Nation for their service.
 
The economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has strained State, local, and Tribal budgets -- forcing many communities to stretch their funding, consider layoffs, and reduce public services. My Administration will support our Nation's law enforcement agencies and officers and work to ensure they have the resources and research tools they need to do their jobs successfully and the funding necessary to enhance officer safety and wellness, including improving access to mental health services. We will also continue
to bolster initiatives that protect our law enforcement officers' physical safety -- including those that provide for bulletproof vests and active shooter training. 
 
This year, we also recognize that in many of our communities, especially Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement; a distrust that has been exacerbated by the recent deaths of several Black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement. These deaths have resulted in a profound fear, trauma, pain, and exhaustion for many Black and brown Americans, and the resulting breakdown in trust between law enforcement and the communities they have sworn to protect and serve ultimately makes officers' jobs harder and more dangerous as well. In order to rebuild that trust, our State, local, and Federal Government and law enforcement agencies must protect constitutional rights, ensure accountability for misconduct, and embrace policing that reflects community values and ensures community safety. These approaches benefit those who wear the badge and those who count on their protection.
 
We must also stop tasking law enforcement with problems that are far beyond their jurisdictions. From providing emergency health care to resolving school discipline issues, our communities rely on the police to perform services that often should be the duty of other institutions. We then accuse the police of failure when responsibility lies with public policy choices they did not make. Supporting our law enforcement officers requires that we invest in underfunded public systems that provide health care, counseling, housing, education, and other social services.
 
There are many ways we can demonstrate appreciation for our law enforcement heroes. We recognize acts of bravery through the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor and the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. We must also acknowledge the challenge and value of their service through the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 and the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act of 2019. Should tragedy strike,


Public Safety Officers' benefits must be available for the families of officers who lose their lives or are catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
 
This country asks much of our Federal, State, Tribal, and local police officers and deputies, and it is our solemn responsibility to ensure that those who protect and serve have the training, resources, and support they need to do their jobs well. My Administration will do everything we can to support the men and women who so courageously protect us. 
 
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. 136137), 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, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2021, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 9 through May 15, 2021, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on the Governors of the United States and its Territories, 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 from their homes and businesses on that day.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. 

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR

April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

Greetings,

 

We are writing to notify you that U.S. and state flags under the President’s purview have been returned to full-staff.

 

Flags have been flying at half-staff since April 20th in honor and remembrance of Vice President Walter Mondale.

 

Thanks, 

 

White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, effective immediately, the United States flag at all State and government offices and all public buildings will be flown at half-staff, until sunset on the day of internment, honoring our Nation's most dedicated patriot and public servant former Vice President Walter Mondale .

Your office is responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order effective immediately. Following is the proclamation from the President.

Mark Hill, Director

Division of Facilities Management, Design and Construction

DEATH OF WALTER MONDALE

Today, our Nation mourns the loss of one of our Nation's most dedicated patriots and public servants. Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale served the people of Minnesota as their Attorney General from 1960-1964, as a United States Senator from 1964-1976, as Vice President of the United States from 1977-1981, and as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 1993-1996.
 
As Minnesota's Attorney General, he drew national attention in a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court that established that indigent criminal defendants have the right to legal counsel.
 
As a Senator, he was instrumental in the passage of The Fair Housing Act to combat racial discrimination in housing, Title IX to provide more opportunities for women, and numerous laws to protect our environment.
 
Walter Mondale defined the modern vice presidency, elevating the position into a true partnership with the President. As Vice President, he helped lay the groundwork for the 1978 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the Panama Canal Treaty, and nuclear arms negotiations with the Soviet Union.
 
As the 1984 Democratic nominee for President, he made history when he became the first Presidential nominee of either party to select a woman as his running mate.

 In continuing his service as the United States Ambassador to Japan, he became the voice and face of America to that important ally.
 
For nearly 60 years he had a remarkable partnership with his wife Joan, a devoted advocate for the arts, who passed away in 2014. We mourned when he lost his daughter Eleanor in 2011 and today our Nation's sympathies lie with his sons Ted and William and his six grandchildren.
 
On a wall at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, there is a quote from Walter Mondale. It reads, "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." Walter Mondale did all that and more.
 
As a mark of respect for Walter Mondale and his life of service to our Nation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 7 of title 4, United States Code, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on 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, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. 

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

April 16, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please distribute this information throughout your department for compliance with this order as soon as possible. A copy of the Proclamation is available attached.

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 16, 2021

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, 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, April 20, 2021. 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.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. 

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

April 6, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff an additional day in honor and remembrance of Congressman Alcee Hastings, of Florida.

Please distribute this information throughout your department for compliance with this order as soon as possible. A copy of the Presidents Statement is attached here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2021

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings

I had the privilege of getting to know Alcee Hastings during the years when he served in the House of Representatives and I served in the United States Senate and later as Vice President. I greatly admired him for his singular sense of humor, and for always speaking the truth bluntly and without reservation. A trailblazing lawyer who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Alcee was outspoken because he was passionate about helping our nation live up to its full promise for all Americans. It was a passion he forged as a pioneering civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, fighting tirelessly to desegregate hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in south Florida — a trailblazing spirit to advocate for what is right that guided him throughout his life.

Across his long career of public service, Alcee always stood up to fight for equality, and always showed up for the working people he represented and even in his final battle with cancer, he simply never gave up.

Jill and I are saddened to learn of his passing. May God bless Alcee Hastings and his family.

April 2, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday, April 2, 2021

Respect for the Service and Sacrifice of the Victims of the Attack at the United States Capitol

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

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A PROCLAMATION

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As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday, April 2, 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, April 6, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. 

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR

March 23, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, immediately until sunset on Saturday, March 27, 2021 as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2001, in Boulder, Colorado.

Please distribute this information throughout your department for compliance with this order as soon as possible. A copy of the Proclamation is available here.

Mark Hill

Director, OA FMDC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2021

A Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Boulder, Colorado

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado, 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, March 27, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

March 18, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, immediately until sunset on Monday, March 22, 2021 in honor of and remembrance of the victims of the shooting in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

A Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, 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, March 22, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

February 23, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, immediately until sunset on Friday, February 26, 2021 in honor of the memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. A copy of the Proclamation is available here.

Memory of more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19

MEMORY OF MORE THAN 500,000 AMERICANS WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

 

As of this week during the dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus. That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined. On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one Nation to defeat this pandemic.

In their memory, the First Lady and I will be joined by the Vice President and the Second Gentleman for a moment of silence at the White House this evening. I ask all Americans to join us as we remember the more than 500,000 of our fellow Americans lost to COVID-19 and to observe a moment of silence at sunset. I also hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on 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 February 26, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

January 11, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, the United States flag at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, immediately until sunset on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in honor of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation.

Honoring United States Capitol Police Officers

HONORING UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation, 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, January 13, 2021. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

December 30, 2020

By order of the Governor, all flags of the United States and the flag of Missouri at all government buildings in Laclede County will be flown at half-staff, on Saturday, January 2, 2021, from sunrise until sunset in memory of Lebanon Police Officer Kendle G. Blackburn who died in the line of duty.

December 6, 2020

In accordance with Missouri State Statutes, Section 9.110, flags at all state and government office buildings will be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 7, 2020, from sunrise to sunset. All agencies of this state and all political subdivisions of this state shall fly the flag of the United States at half-staff each December seventh in honor of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2020

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2020

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

 

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese forces ambushed the Naval Station Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Tragically, 2,403 Americans perished during the attack, including 68 civilians. On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly honor and uphold the memory of the patriots who lost their lives that day -- "a date which will live in infamy" -- and we reflect on the courage of all those who served our Nation with honor in the Second World War.

Seventy nine years ago, Imperial Japan launched an unprovoked and devastating attack on our Nation. As torpedo bombers unleashed their deadly cargo on our ships and attack aircraft rained bombs from above, brave members of the United States Navy, Marines, Army, and Army Air Forces mounted a heroic defense, manning their battle stations and returning fire through the smoke and chaos. The profound bravery in the American resistance surprised Japanese aircrews and inspired selfless sacrifice among our service members. In one instance, Machinist's Mate First Class Robert R. Scott, among 15 Sailors awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of valor on that day, refused to leave his flooding battle station within the depths of the USS CALIFORNIA, declaring to the world: "This is my station and I will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going."

Forever enshrined in our history, the attack on Pearl Harbor shocked all Americans and galvanized our Nation to fight and defeat the Axis powers of Japan, Germany, and Italy. As Americans, we promise never to forget our fallen compatriots who fought so valiantly during World War II. As a testament to their memory, more than a million people visit the site of the USS ARIZONA Memorial each year to pay their respects to the Sailors entombed within its wreckage and to all who perished that day. Despite facing tremendous adversity, the Pacific Fleet, whose homeport remains at Pearl Harbor to this day, is stronger than ever before, upholding the legacy of all those who gave their lives nearly 80 years ago.

On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we recall the phrase "Remember Pearl Harbor," which stirred the fighting spirit within the hearts of the more than 16 million Americans who courageously served in World War II. Over 400,000 gave their lives in the global conflict that began, for our Nation, on that fateful Sunday morning. Today, we memorialize all those lost on December 7, 1941, declare once again that our Nation will never forget these valiant heroes, and resolve as firmly as ever that their memory and spirit will survive for as long as our Nation endures.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2020, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

DONALD J. TRUMP