Northwest Iowa — This is National Police Week. And this Wednesday is Peace Officers Memorial Day. In honor and in memory of peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty, flags are being flown at half staff across the nation.
In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff through sunrise Monday, May 20th in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week. The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff.
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be at half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
President Trump’s order reads, in part:
“On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending gratitude to our Nation’s law enforcement officers. Those brave men and women selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities. We also honor those in blue who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. We are especially mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the 106 heroes who laid down their lives last year while protecting their communities.”
It goes on to say:
“Our Nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength. They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives. We owe them, and their families, our full and enduring support.”
President Trump also says that he and the First Lady will be lighting up the White House in blue on Wednesday in appreciation for the nation’s law enforcement officers.