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Flags Lowered in Honor of Police Officers

May 13, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

“The duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices that face law enforcement officers on a daily basis earn them the respect, admiration, and gratitude of the people they serve and protect,” Governor Parnell said. “Sandy and I encourage all Alaskans to recognize the courageous sacrifices made by these individuals and their families.”

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation establishing May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day. U.S. flags should also be lowered in accordance with the president’s proclamation. A copy of the proclamation is available here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/13/presidential-proclamation-peace-officers-memorial-day-and-police-week

Governor Parnell issued a proclamation establishing May 11-18, 2012 as Law Enforcement Memorial Week. A copy of the proclamation is available here:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-proclamation.html?pr=6122

Flags should be returned to full-staff on Wednesday, May 16.

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