Governor Walz Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff May 15th in remembrance of Minnesota Peace Officers Killed In Line of Duty
Carol McCarthy | May 14, 2019 AT 7:57 am
ST. PAUL, MN – In accordance with a proclamation issued by the President, Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in honor and remembrance of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
“Today and every day it is fitting to honor those Peace Officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the over 10,000 Law Enforcement Officers in Minnesota who serve in the 446 law enforcement agencies for their dedication and services to Minnesota communities,” reads Governor Walz’s proclamation.
President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.
Governor Walz's full proclamation can be viewed here.
Flags at Half-Staff
In keeping with appropriate flag etiquette and U.S. Code, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz may order the state flag to be flown at half-staff under very limited circumstances. He may also order the national flag to be flown at half-staff on state property only. A state flag on state property is required by law to be flown at half-staff if the national flag is flown at half-staff.