Gov. Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, in honor of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

“On May 15 we honor the peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and thank the 11,000 law enforcement officers who serve our state for their dedication to protecting Minnesota communities,” Walz said.

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 the officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in the United States annually ever since.

Flags at half-staff

In keeping with appropriate flag etiquette and U.S. Code, Gov. 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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