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Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2013

Since our Nation's earliest days, America has been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have served our country with honor and distinction. From Concord to the Korengal, generations of brave warriors have fought for freedom across sand and snow, over mud and mountains, into lonely deserts and through crowded streets. Today, we pay tribute to those patriots who never came back -- who fought for a home to which they never returned, and died for a country whose gratitude they will always have.

In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective 5/27/2013 through noon 5/27/2013


Spc. Thomas Paige Murach

Governor “C.L.” Butch Otter has ordered flags at the state capitol and all state owned facilities to be lowered to half-staff Monday, May 20, 2013 in honor of Specialist Thomas Paige Murach, USA. Specialist Murach was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on May 4, 2013 and will be laid to rest at the State Veterans Cemetery after a service in Meridian.

Effective 5/20/2013 through sunset 5/20/2013


Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week

Day after day, police officers in every corner of America suit up, put on the badge, and carry out their sworn duty to protect and serve. They step out the door every morning without considering bravery or heroics. They stay focused on meeting their responsibilities. They concentrate on keeping their neighborhoods safe and doing right by their fellow officers. And with quiet courage, they help fulfill the demanding yet vital task of shielding our people from harm. It is work that deserves our deepest respect -- because when darkness and danger would threaten the peace, our police officers are there to step in, ready to lay down their lives to protect our own.

This week, we pay solemn tribute to men and women who did. Setting aside fear and doubt, these officers made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the rule of law and the communities they loved. They heard the call to serve and answered it; braved the line of fire; charged toward the danger. Our hearts are heavy with their loss, and on Peace Officers Memorial Day, our Nation comes together to reflect on the legacy they left us.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective 5/15/2013 through sunset 5/15/2013


Honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Massachusetts

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, 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, April 20, 2013. 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.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective 4/16/2013 through sunset 4/20/2013


School shooting tragedy in Connecticut

The Governor’s office has ordered flags to half-staff from dawn to dusk at the State Capitol and all other state owned facilities. This is effective immediately and remains effective until sunset Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

Effective 12/14/2012 through sunset 12/18/2012


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The Governor’s office has ordered flags to half-staff from dawn to dusk on December 7, 2012 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Effective 12/7/2012 through sunset 12/7/2012


Honoring Arlen Specter

As a mark of respect for the memory of Arlen Specter, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 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.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective 10/16/2012 through sunset 10/16/2012


Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Benghazi, Libya

As a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, and American personnel killed in the senseless attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, 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, September 16, 2012. 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.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective 9/12/2012 through sunset 9/16/2012


Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders -- and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget.

More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness. In the spirit that moved rescue workers and firefighters to charge into darkness and danger that September morning, we see the same sense of moral responsibility that drove countless Americans to give of themselves in the months that followed. We offered our neighbors a hand and lined up to give blood. Many helped our Nation rebuild and recover long after the dust had settled, donating and volunteering and helping survivors who had borne so much. We were united, and the outpouring of generosity reminded us that, through challenges that have spanned from acts of terrorism to natural disasters, we go forward together as one people.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective sunrise through sunset 9/11/2012


Honoring Neil Armstrong

As a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong, 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 length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective sunrise through sunset 8/31/2012


Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on August 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 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, August 10, 2012. 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.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective immediately through sunset 8/10/2012


Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, 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, July 25, 2012. 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.

BARACK OBAMA

Effective immediately through sunset 7/25/2012


Private First Class Cody O. Moosman

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has ordered flags to half-staff at all Idaho state owned facilities on Friday July 13, 2012 from dawn to dusk in honor of Private First Class Cody O. Moosman, age 24 from Preston, Idaho. Private First Class Cody O. Moosman was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan.

Effective sunrise 7/13/2012 through sunset 7/13/2012


Memorial Day

As in past years, and in accordance with US Code, Governor C.L “Butch” Otter has directed flags at the State Capitol Building and other state buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012.

Effective sunrise 5/28/2012 through sunset 5/28/2012


Peace Officers Memorial Day

As in past years, and in accordance with the Presidents Proclamation, Governor C.L “Butch” Otter has directed flags at the State Capitol Building and other State buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, 2012.

Effective sunrise 5/15/2012 through sunset 5/15/2012


Sergeant Chris Workman

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has ordered flags to half-staff at all Idaho state owned facilities on Friday May 4, 2012 from dawn to dusk in honor of U.S. Army Sergeant Chris Workman, 33 from Rupert, Idaho. Sgt. Workman was killed in a rescue mission when his helicopter went down in bad weather in Afghanistan.

Effective sunrise 5/4/2012 through sunset 5/4/2012