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Gov. Whitmer orders flags to be lowered to honor deceased U.S. Capitol police officers

U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff on Saturday
Posted at 3:02 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 15:02:09-05

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered flags within the State Capitol Complex and all public buildings and grounds across the state to be lowered to half-staff from Jan. 11 through Jan. 13.

The lowered flags will honor United States Capitol police officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.

“Our nation has a heavy heart following the deaths of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood,” Whitmer said in a press release. “Both Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood are heroes in every sense of the word as they worked to protect the institutions of our democracy during one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. My thoughts are with their family and friends during this difficult time."

Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

Flags should be returned to full-staff by Thursday, January 14.