EXECUTIVE ORDER No.2006 - 7

OBSERVING PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan, from its earliest days, has been blessed with men and women of courage who have dedicated their lives to keeping peace in our communities;

WHEREAS, the People of the State of Michigan owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of our law enforcement community who put their lives at risk to protect us and ensure the safety of our neighborhoods, homes, and families;

WHEREAS, since 1792, more than 17,500 peace officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States;

WHEREAS, their supreme sacrifices remind us of the remarkable commitment that peace officers have made to preserve our safety and well-being;

WHEREAS, Congress, under Public Law 105-225, 36 USC 136, established May 15th of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day;

WHEREAS, Public Law 105-225, 36 USC 136, also provided for the flag of the United States of America to be flown at half-staff on May 15th of each year in honor of the thousands of American peace officers killed in the line of duty;

WHEREAS, it is appropriate that the flag of the United States of America be flown at half-staff throughout the State of Michigan on May 15th of each year to mark Peace Officers Memorial Day to show respect for the memory of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and to remember the family, friends, and colleagues left behind;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the laws of the State of Michigan, and the laws of the United States of America, order and proclaim:

  1. On Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, 2006, and each subsequent May 15th, the flag of the United States of America shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities throughout the State of Michigan.
  2. All other interested organizations, groups, educational entities, and individuals in Michigan are also called upon to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff on Monday, May 15, 2006, and each subsequent May 15th.
  3. When flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position, where it should be flown until sunset, then raised to the top of the staff.
  4. All individuals, governmental entities, educational institutions, and community organizations are encouraged to pause on Peace Officers Memorial Day and reflect upon the courage and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

This order is effective upon filing.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 11th day of May, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and six.

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JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
GOVERNOR

BY THE GOVERNOR:
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SECRETARY OF STATE