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May 24, 2022

By order of the President of the United States, the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide, immediately until sunset May 28, 2022 as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

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

A Proclamation Honoring The Victims Of The Tragedy In Uvalde, Texas

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, 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 28, 2022. 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-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

May 12, 2022

By order of the President of the United States, the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide, immediately until sunset May 16, 2022 in memory of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19 and their loved ones left behind.

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

A Proclamation on Remembering the 1,000,000 Americans Lost to COVID-⁠19

Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19. One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a Nation forever changed because of this pandemic. Jill and I pray for each of them.

As a Nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible. In remembrance, let us draw strength from each other as fellow Americans. For while we have been humbled, we never give up. We can and will do this together as the United States of America.

In memory of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19 and their loved ones left behind, I 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 May 16, 2022. 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 twelfth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

March 26, 2022

Governor Mike Parson has ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in St. Francois County, Missouri, for one full day on March 27, 2022, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Bonne Terre Patrolman Lane A. Burns.

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

Mark Hill,
Director, OA FMDC

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Bonne Terre Patrolman Lane Burns

WHEREAS, Lane A. Burns graduated from Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy on June 11, 2012 and was issued a Missouri Peace Officer License that same day; and

WHEREAS, Lane A. Burns began his career as a law enforcement officer when he was commissioned as a full-time police officer by the Leadwood Police Department on September 15, 2014 and would subsequently go on to hold full-time commissions with the St. Francois County Sheriffs Office and the Leadington Police Department; and

WHEREAS, Lane A. Burns was commissioned as a full-time patrolman with the Bonne Terre Police Department on May 10, 2017; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2022, Patrolman Burns was on duty with the Bonne Terre Police Department when he was dispatched to a local motel for a disturbance call, where he was ambushed and mortally wounded by a gunman; and

WHEREAS, Patrolman Burns, though mortally wounded, and another Bonne Terre Police Officer, who was critically wounded, courageously returned fire, fatally shooting the gunman; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement officers courageously and selflessly 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

PATROLMAN LANE A. BURNS

and for his bravery and service to the Bonne Terre 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 St. Francois County, Missouri, for one full day on March 27, 2022, 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 26th day of March, 2022.

Michael L. Parson

March 24, 2022

Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Greene County, the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City, and firehouses statewide on Friday, March 25, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Ebenezer Fire Protection District Firefighter Dustin W. Brandhorst. 

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

Mark Hill, Director, OA FMDC

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Ebenezer Fire Protection District Firefighter Dustin Brandhorst

WHEREAS, Dustin W. Brandhorst began his service in Missouri's fire service with the Strafford Fire Protection District and served there for four years as a volunteer firefighter; and

WHEREAS, Firefighter Brandhorst had served for three years as a volunteer firefighter with the Ebenezer Fire Protection District; and

WHEREAS, Firefighter Brandhorst was committed to developing his firefighting skills, and while serving in the Ebenezer Fire Protection District, he completed more than 780 hours of training; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure, Firefighter Brandhorst responded to fires, motor vehicle injury-accidents, and positively impacted many people, contributing to a safer community; and

WHEREAS, on March 18, 2022, while responding to a structure fire in Fair Grove, Missouri, in an Ebenezer Fire Protection District firetruck, Firefighter Brandhorst died in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, firefighters 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 public safety professions 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

FIREFIGHTER DUSTIN W. BRANDHORST

and for his bravery and service to the Ebenezer Fire Protection District do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at every fire station in the State of Missouri and at the Fire Fighters Memorial, located in Kingdom City, Missouri, and at all government buildings in Greene County, Missouri from sunrise until sunset on March 25, 2022.

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 24th day of March, 2022.

Michael L. Parson

March 23, 2022

By order of the President of the United States, the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide, immediately and return to full staff at sunset on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in honor of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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

President Biden Orders Flag to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

DEATH OF MADELEINE KORBEL ALBRIGHT
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Madeleine Albright was a force. She defied convention and broke barriers again and again. She was an immigrant fleeing persecution. A refugee in need of safe haven. And like so many before her -- and after -- she was proudly American.

As the devoted mother of three beloved daughters, she worked tirelessly raising them while earning her doctorate degree and starting her career in American diplomacy. She took her talents first to the Senate as a staffer for Senator Edmund Muskie followed by the National Security Council under President Carter. And then to the United Nations where she served as United States Ambassador, and ultimately, made history as our first woman Secretary of State, appointed by President Clinton. A scholar, teacher, bestselling author, and later accomplished business woman, she always believed America was the indispensable Nation, and inspired the next generation of public servants to follow her lead, including countless women leaders around the world. Madeleine was always a force for goodness, grace, and decency -- and for freedom.

As a mark of respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright and her 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 March 27, 2022. 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.

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

Joseph R. Biden JR.

March 17, 2022

Acting Governor Mike Kehoe ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Jasper and Newton counties on Friday, March 18, 2022, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Joplin Police Officer Jake Reed. 

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

Mark Hill,
Director, OA FMDC

Acting Governor Kehoe Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Joplin Police Department Officer Jake Reed

WHEREAS, Jake Reed graduated from Missouri Southern State University Law Enforcement Academy on May 11, 2017, earned his Missouri Peace Officer license that same day, and was commissioned by the Joplin Police Department as a police officer on May 12, 2017; and

WHEREAS, throughout his tenure with the Joplin Police Department, Officer Reed served honorably and demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting others, even if it meant putting his own life at risk; and

WHEREAS, on March 8, 2022, Officer Reed and Corporal Benjamin Lee Cooper bravely responded to a disturbance call at a shopping center in the 400 block of Geneva A venue in Joplin, and Officer Reed was gravely wounded as the officers attempted to take a gunman into custody; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2022, Officer Reed succumbed to his injuries; and WHEREAS, law enforcement officers courageously and selflessly 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 property of their fellow citizens; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Kehoe, upon express authorization of Governor Michael L. Parson, and while serving as Acting Governor, as a mark of respect for the death of

OFFICER JAKE REED

and for his bravery and service to the Joplin 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 counties of Jasper and Newton, Missouri, for one full day on March 18, 2022, 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 17th day of March, 2022.

March 14, 2022

Acting Governor Mike Kehoe ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Jasper and Newton counties on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Joplin Police Corporal Benjamin Lee Cooper.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order. 

Mark Hill,
Director, OA FMDC

FLAGS ORDERED TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF ON MARCH 15, 2022, IN HONOR OF CORPORAL BENJAMIN COOPER

WHEREAS, Benjamin Lee Cooper enlisted in the U.S. Army and served honorably from 1995 to 2001; and

WHEREAS, Benjamin Lee Cooper graduated from Missouri Southern State University Law Enforcement Academy on December 11, 2003, earned his Missouri Peace Officer license that same day, and was commissioned by the Joplin Police Department as a police officer on February 1, 2004; and

WHEREAS, after almost five years of service, Officer Cooper left the Joplin Police Department in December 2008 to serve as a deputy sheriff in the State of Colorado; and WHEREAS, after returning to the State of Missouri, Officer Cooper was once again commissioned by the Joplin Police Department on June 17, 2013, and throughout his honorable service, he demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting others, even if it meant putting his own life at risk; and

WHEREAS, in 2016, Benjamin Lee Cooper was promoted to the rank of corporal; and WHEREAS, on March 8, 2022, Corporal Cooper and Officer Jake Reed bravely responded to a disturbance call at a shopping center in the 400 block of Geneva A venue in Joplin and was mortally wounded as the officers attempted to take a gunman into custody; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement officers courageously and selflessly 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 property of their fellow citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Kehoe, upon express authorization of Governor Michael L. Parson, and while serving as Acting Governor, as a mark of respect for the death of

CORPORAL BENJAMIN LEE COOPER

and for his bravery and service to the Joplin 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 counties of Jasper and Newton, Missouri, for one full day on March 15, 2022, 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 of Jefferson, this 14th day of March, 2022.

February 18, 2022

By order of the President of the United States, effective immediately, the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide, until midnight tonight in honor of the passing of US Representative Jim Hagedorn from Minnesota.

State government departments are responsible for distributing this information throughout your department for compliance with this order.

Mark Hill,
Director, OA FMDC

January 19, 2022

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in the city of St. Louis, the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City, and firehouses statewide on Thursday, January 20, from sunrise to sunset in honor of St. Louis Fire Department Firefighter Benjamin James Polson. 

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 at Half-Staff in Honor of St. Louis Fire Department Firefighter Benjamin Polson

WHEREAS, in November 2019, Benjamin James Polson entered the St. Louis Fire Academy's Kenneth G. Smith, Sr. Memorial Recruit Class and graduated with the class on March 20, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on January 13, 2022, Firefighter Polson was among the brave St. Louis Fire Department firefighters who responded to a two-and-a-half-story brick structure fire in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis; and

WHEREAS, after conducting a rapid primary search for victims and quickly extinguishing flames on the first floor, Firefighter Polson was among the firefighters who advanced to the second floor to search for victims and continue fighting the blaze; and

WHEREAS, Firefighter Polson was killed in the line of duty when the roof and top story of the structure collapsed, burying him; and

WHEREAS, firefighters courageously and selflessly devote their lives to ensuring the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens; and

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the sacrifices of the brave emergency responders who risk their own lives to protect the lives and 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

FIREFIGHTER BENJAMIN JAMES POLSON

and for his bravery and service to the St. Louis Fire Department and the citizens of St. Louis do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at every fire station in the State of Missouri, at the Fire Fighters Memorial located in Kingdom City, Missouri, and at all government buildings in the independent City of St. Louis from sunrise until sunset on January 20, 2022.

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 19th day of January, 2022.

Michael L. Parson

January 12, 2022

By order of the President of the United States, the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide, for one full day on January 13, 2022, beginning at midnight tonight and return to full staff at sunset in honor of former Senator Harry Reid.

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 HARRY REID

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

 

From humble roots in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid rose to become one of the great Senate Majority Leaders in American history. He was a man of action, and a man of his word -- guided by faith, loyalty, and unshakeable resolve.

 

Throughout his long career of public service, Harry Reid was instrumental in passing landmark legislation that made a positive difference in the lives of countless Americans and made our Nation stronger and safer. His devoted service to our Nation was not about power for power's sake. It was about the power to do right by the American people.

 

As a mark of respect for his memory, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, 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 such day. 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-ninth day of December, 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.

December 29, 2021

In honor of the life and legacy of Senator Harry Reid, President Biden has ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment, which will be confirmed at a later date. An updated notice will be sent at a later date. 

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 HARRY REID

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION


From humble roots in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid rose to become one of the great Senate Majority Leaders in American history. He was a man of action, and a man of his word -- guided by faith, loyalty, and unshakeable resolve. Throughout his long career of public service, Harry Reid was instrumental in passing landmark legislation that made a positive difference in the lives of countless Americans and made our Nation stronger and safer. His devoted service to our Nation was not about power for power's sake. It was about the power to do right
by the American people.


As a mark of respect for his memory, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, 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 such day. 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-ninth day of December, 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

December 27, 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 Boone County, the Firefighter Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City, and firehouses statewide on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney. 

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 at Half-Staff in Honor of Boone County Fire Protection Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney

WHEREAS, Bryant E. Gladney began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Boone County Fire Protection District in 1986 and was promoted to Lieutenant of Station 1 in 1994; and

WHEREAS, Lieutenant Gladney was hired by the Fire District to serve as the EMS Education Program Manager in 2011 and was promoted to Captain in 2015; and

WHEREAS, in 2020 Captain Gladney was promoted to Assistant Chief and was assigned to lead the EMS Bureau, and in 2021 assumed responsibilities for the Fire District's Training Bureau, serving as Bureau Director, and he also served as one of four Fire District Duty Chiefs; and

WHEREAS, in the early morning darkness on December 22, 2021, Assistant Chief Gladney was among the selfless first responders who responded to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 70 westbound, east of Columbia, near Route Z, and while Assistant Chief Gladney and other Boone County Fire Protection District and EMS personnel worked at the accident scene a tractor trailer struck fire service and EMS vehicles, killing Assistant Chief Gladney in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, Assistant Chief Gladney had been honored with the 25-year service award with the Boone County Fire Protection District and was an original member of Missouri Task Force I - ·serving as a Technical Team Manager, and was deployed to New York City in the aftermath of9/ l l and Hurricane Isabel in 2003; and

WHEREAS, throughout his 25-year career, Assistant Chief Gladney was dedicated to mentoring and training younger members of the fire service so that they could carry out their duty of protecting the public; and

WHEREAS, firefighters courageously and selflessly devote their lives to ensuring the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens; and WHEREAS, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the sacrifices of the brave emergency responders who risk their own lives to protect the lives and 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

ASSISTANT CHIEF BRYANT E. GLADNEY

and for his bravery and service to the Boone County Fire Protection District and the citizens of Boone County do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at every fire station in the State of Missouri and at the Fire Fighters Memorial, located in Kingdom City, Missouri, and at all government buildings in Boone County from sunrise until sunset on December 28, 2021.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in th f efferson, this 27th day of December, 2021.

December 9, 2021

President Biden has amended Proclamation 10320, Death of Robert J. Dole, ordering the flag to be flown at half-staff through midnight Saturday, December 11, 2021.

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

AMENDING PROCLAMATION 10320, DEATH OF ROBERT J. DOLE

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

By the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to extend the display of the flag at half-staff as a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, it is hereby ordered that Proclamation 10320 of December 3, 2021, is amended by deleting in the first sentence the words "until sunset on December 9, 2021" and inserting in their place the words "through Saturday, December 11."

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of December, 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.

December 8, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Washington County, the Firefighter Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City, and fire houses statewide on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Belgrade Firefighter James Dale Jenkins. 

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.

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Belgrade Firefighter James Dale Jenkins

WHEREAS, James Dale Jenkins dedicated his life to serving the State of Missouri and the United States as a member of the U.S. Army and the Belgrade Volunteer Fire Department; and
WHEREAS, from April 1966 to April 1968, Mr. Jenkins served honorably as a member of the U.S. Army, including service in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; and
WHEREAS, in 1970, Mr. Jenkins joined the Belgrade Volunteer Fire Department, beginning more than 50 years of service to his community; and
WHEREAS, during his more than one-half century of service to the Belgrade Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Jenkins rose to the rank of assistant chief, a position he held for more than 20 years before stepping back and serving as a captain, and then as a firefighter so that others could advance; and
WHEREAS, on December 3, 2021, Firefighter Jenkins responded to a structure fire in Potosi in the line-of-duty and subsequently suffered a heart attack and died that same day; and
WHEREAS, firefighters courageously and selflessly devote their lives to ensuring the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens; and WHEREAS, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the sacrifices of the brave emergency responders who risk their own lives to protect the lives and 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
FIREFIGHTER JAMES DALE JENKINS
and for his bravery and service to the Belgrade Volunteer Fire Department and the citizens of Washington County do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at every fire station in the State of Missouri and at the Fire Fighters Memorial, located in Kingdom City, Missouri, and at all government buildings in Washington County from sunrise until sunset on December 8, 2021.
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 7th day of December, 2021.

December 8, 2021

By order of the Governor of the State of Missouri, U.S. and Missouri flags shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in St. Louis County, Missouri, for one full day on December 10, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of Detective Antonio Antoine Valentine.

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 Detective Antonio Valentine

WHEREAS, Antonio Antoine Valentine dedicated his life to serving the State of Missouri and the United States as a law enforcement officer and member of the United States military; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Valentine served in the United States military, first as an active duty member of the U.S. Army from July 1999 to February 2000, then in the U.S. Army National Guard, where he achieved the rank of sergeant, and then as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve until his retirement as a technical sergeant in February 2021; and

WHEREAS, during his military service, Mr. Valentine courageously deployed to active combat missions in Iraq and Kyrgyzstan; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Valentine earned his Missouri Peace Officer license after graduating from the Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy on September 21, 2006, and was first commissioned as a police officer by the Cool Valley Police Department on February 28, 2007; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Valentine was commissioned by the St. Louis County Police Department on June 11, 2007, and through diligence and commitment to protecting his community, rose to the rank of detective; and

WHEREAS, on December 1, 2021, Mr. Valentine was on duty with the St. Louis County Police Department's Bureau of Drug Enforcement when he was fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision with a vehicle refusing to stop for other officers; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement officers courageously and selflessly 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 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

DETECTIVE ANTONIO ANTOINE VALENTINE

and for his bravery and service to the St. Louis County 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 St. Louis County, Missouri, for one full day on December 10, 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 9th day of December, 2021. 

Michael L. Parson

Governor

December 5, 2021

By order of the President of the United States, U.S. and Missouri flags should be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide immediately until sunset Thursday December 9th, 2021, in honor of Senator Robert Joseph Dole.

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


 

 

 

President Biden Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of Senator Robert Joseph Dole

DEATH OF ROBERT JOSEPH DOLE
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 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman like few in our history and a war hero among the greatest of the Greatest Generation, 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 December 9, 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 fifth day of December, 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 J

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