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Governor Walz Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15, 2023 10:15AM ● By Content Editor

Photo:  Paul Weaver

From the MN Governor's Office - May 15, 2023

Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Monday, May 15, 2023, in honor of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. Governor Walz has also proclaimed May 15-21, 2023, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week in the State of Minnesota. The President has designated May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.

“Today and every day, it is fitting to honor those Peace Officers who gave their lives to protect ours and to thank the over 10,900 Law Enforcement Officers in Minnesota who serve in 417 law enforcement agencies for their dedication and service to Minnesota communities,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags.

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.

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