INDIANAPOLIS (AP): On nearly nine of 10 days last year, one or more states were flying the American flag at half-staff to memorialize the deaths of military members, public officials, police, first responders, prominent citizens, and victims of mass killings and disasters, The Associated Press found in analyzing information requested from all 50 states and the federal government.
Here are instances of Indiana ordering the US flag flown at half-staff last year on at least some government property, separate from proclamations that came from the federal government:
-Jan. 31: Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana’s 7th District from 1967 to 1997. Gov. Mike Pence said Myers was “a friend, patriot, and leader who made a real difference in the lives of Hoosiers and in the history” of Indiana. He says Myers leaves an unmatched legacy of public service. You can read the proclamation here.
-March 4: Former University of Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh, who served as university president for 35 years before retiring in 1987. He advised world leaders on human rights issues and served on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. You can read the proclamation here.
-July 26-28: Four Marines and a sailor killed in a shooting at a U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can read the proclamation here.
-Nov. 14: Radio host Amos Brown III, a broadcaster who spent decades in Indiana radio and hosted “Afternoons with Amos” on WTLC. He was outspoken about social justice issues and was well known in the African American community. He was heavily involved in community organizations and charities, including the United Negro College Fund, Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana Black Expo and the Indiana Education Roundtable. You can read the Proclamation here.