Flags to fly half-staff Wednesday

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman is reminding Nebraskans that U.S. and Nebraska flags will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers' Memorial Day. President Barack Obama has sign a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff nationwide.

In 1994, a federal law was enacted encouraging the American flag to be lowered to half-staff every May 15 in remembrance of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout our nation who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to their fellow citizens.

In Nebraska, 134 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1866. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice include federal, state, county, municipal and tribal agency officers, as well as railroad, game and parks, and correctional officers.

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