Flags fly at half-staff Wednesday to honor fallen law enforcement officers

Forum News Service file

Forum News Service file

Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff until sunset to honor the passing of a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, Sergeant First Class John A. McCarthy of MA.

You can read the president's proclamation here.

Flags will be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, grounds, and facilities in Iowa.

Governors are directing government agencies to fly the United States and state flags at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15. According to the White House proclamation, there were 106 officers who lost their lives on duty a year ago. The Criminal Justice School Information website states that "Often a peace officer is a law enforcement officer, like a police officer, sheriff, sheriff's deputy, constable, constable deputy, marshal, etc". The same proclamation has also designated this entire week (May 12-18, 2019) as Police Week across the United States. They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives.

President Trump also says that he and the First Lady will be lighting up the White House in blue on Wednesday in appreciation for the nation's law enforcement officers.