Why Are Flags at Half Mast Today in Kansas?

If you’ve been wondering why flags are at half mast in Kansas today, we have the answer for you. Read on to learn more about this tribute to a fallen soldier.

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Flags at Half Mast for Former Kansas Senator

Flags across the state of Kansas are lowered to half mast today in honor of former Kansas Senator Bob Dole. Dole, a WW2 veteran and 1996 presidential nominee, passed away yesterday at the age of 97.

Flags lowered for former Kansas senator

According to an announcement from the office of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, flags at all state office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, in honor of former Kansas Senator Bob Dole. The gesture is “in tribute to his distinguished career in public service and his lifelong commitment to Kansas.”

Dole, a Republican, represented Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 and ran for vice president with Gerald Ford in 1976. In 1997, Dole was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

In the United States, flags are often flown at half-staff as a sign of respect or mourning. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Federal law (36 U.S.C. 176) provides that the President may order that the flag be flown at half-staff “on days of national mourning.”

The flags of all public buildings and grounds in Kansas were ordered to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, by Governor Laura Kelly. This order was made in honor of former Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, who passed away on May 25, 2019.

Flags at Half Mast for Former Kansas Governor

On Tuesday, June 16, flags across the state of Kansas were ordered to be flown at half mast. The flags are lowered to honor former Kansas governor, Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius served as governor from 2003 until 2009 and was the second woman to be elected to the office.

Flags lowered for former Kansas governor

Flags are being flown at half-staff across Kansas today in honor of former Kansas governor Bill Graves, who passed away yesterday at the age of 68. Graves, a Republican, served as governor from 1995 to 2003, and was known for his work on education and tax reform.

Flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, we remember the service and sacrifice of all who have died in defense of our country. In honor of their lives, flags at state buildings and facilities will be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, May 27.

If you would like to join us in this tribute, please lower your flags as well.

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