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Posted May 14, 2014, 7:21 pm
President Barack Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer have ordered that U.S. and Arizona flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday to mark Peace Officers Memorial Day.
"During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives," Obama wrote in a presidential proclamation declaring Thursday to be Peace Officers Memorial Day.
"I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day," Obama said.
"Tomorrow, we salute our brothers and sisters of the badge who made the ultimate sacrifice in their noble mission," Brewer said in a news release. "As we honor the fallen, let us also remember their families and loved ones left behind, as well as all Arizonans and Americans who devote and risk their lives to protect and serve us. Because we can never repay them our debt, we must forever give them our gratitude and respect."
"I encourage all Arizonans to join in this tribute," she said.