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    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office is accusing Palm Beach County leadership of being "petty" this week after officials there defied his order to lower flags at half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.  The county's courthouse flags remained at full-staff Wednesday, ignoring a request DeSantis made on Tuesday directing its U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half staff. He also ordered the town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday -- and those flags were lowered.  "The lowering of flags should be a unifying gesture during solemn occasions, such as in remembrance of the young lives lost during the Parkland High School massacre or first responder line of duty deaths," Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay had tweeted. "Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with his words and actions."  First lady Melania...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is calling on Florida mayors not to lower their flags in honor of the late talk radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh, a move which would be in defiance of an order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). “Rush Limbaugh spent his career normalizing and popularizing hatred and bigotry against people of color, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. He built a brand around disgusting insults, bolstering rape culture, spewing lies about the AIDS crisis, and nonstop bullying,” Wasserman Schultz wrote in a letter to local mayors. The Florida Democrat congresswoman added: The targets of his attacks often received death threats from his sycophantic fan base. To the end, he stoked the environment that led to an insurrectionist attack on our Capitol, and dismissed calls to end such violence. American political discourse is in a dangerous state. Our country is the most divided it has been since the Civil...
    SUNRISE (CBSMiami) — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) is the latest Florida lawmaker to fight back against Governor Ron DeSantis’s plan to order state flags be flown at half-staff to honor the passing of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Wasserman Schultz wrote to local mayors in her district, including Weston, Davie, Pembroke Pines, and Aventura, to urge them to ignore DeSantis’s order. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Man Responds Quickly To Beware The Jews Graffiti On Fence Hours after the death of Rush Limbaugh last week, DeSantis said he would order the flags in his state be lowered to half-staff once funeral arrangements are announced. “There’s not much that needs to be said. The guy was an absolute legend,” DeSantis explained. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.” Well that’s a matter of debate. While there’s no question that Limbaugh is an icon for many conservatives,...
    Florida officials defy Gov. Ron Desantis' order to lower flags in honor of Limbaugh
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags lowered to half-staff through Friday on all Colorado public buildings to honor the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held a candle lighting ceremony on Monday to mark the grim milestone. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff hold a moment of silence and candle lighting during a ceremony to honor lives lost to COVID-19 at the White House on Monday. (credit: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images) “More Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined,” said President Biden. “On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to...
    By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In life, the conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh was a divisive figure, who proudly waved the flag of conservatism and wallowed in the controversies he helped ignite. In death, those controversies follow him as partisans in his home state of Florida debate over whether to lower the state flag in his honor. Gov. Ron DeSantis called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer. But Democrats, who have long been on the receiving end of Limbaugh's harangues, objected. Nikki Fried, Florida's Agriculture Commissioner and the only statewide Democratic officeholder and who is considering a bid for governor, said Monday that she would not abide by the Republican governor's orders. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In life, the conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh was a divisive figure, who proudly waved the flag of conservatism and wallowed in the controversies he helped ignite. In death, those controversies follow him as partisans in his home state of Florida debate over whether to lower the state flag in his honor. Gov. Ron DeSantis called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer. But Democrats, who have long been on the receiving end of Limbaugh’s harangues, objected. Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and the only statewide Democratic officeholder and who is considering a bid for governor, said Monday that she would not abide by the Republican governor’s orders. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes...
    A Democratic Florida official has told state offices under her jurisdiction to disregard an order from Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to lower flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a Monday press release. “It is not a partisan political tool.” “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” Fried continued. “Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.” I will not lower the...
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) on Monday said that she will direct offices under her purview to disregard Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCrist calls on DOJ to investigate DeSantis over coronavirus vaccine distribution Governors in hot water over their coronavirus response Trump to speak at CPAC in first public appearance since leaving White House MORE’s (R) order to lower flags to half-staff to commemorate the late conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool. Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor's forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” Fried said in a statement Monday. “Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising...
            by Debra Heine  During a press conference Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that flags in Florida will be lowered to half-staff for conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh once his funeral arrangements are made. “I know they’re still figuring out the arrangements but what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” the governor said. Limbaugh, who resided at his “Southern Command” oasis in Palm Beach Florida for the past ten years, died on Ash Wednesday after a year-long bout with  stage IV lung cancer. He was 70. DeSantis put out a statement following Limbaugh’s death, calling talk titan “the GOAT of radio, of conservative media” who inspired “a loyal army of American patriots.” .@FLCaseyDeSantis and I are saddened to learn of the passing of fellow...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has mandated that flags be flown at half-staff in the sunshine state in honor of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died this week from Lung Cancer at the age of 70. “We had one of our own, Rush Limbaugh, pass away a few days ago. What we do for something of this magnitude, when they announce the dates of internment for Rush, we are going to be lowering the flags to half staff,” he told fans on Friday. “There’s not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend.” The move was instantly denounced by state Democrats, who attacked the governor for offering the honor to such a polarizing figure. “Lowering the flag of the United States is a high honor reserved for those who have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation,” State Sen. Gary Farmer, the top Democratic...
    More On: rush limbaugh The secret of Rush Limbaugh’s success: He was real Media created Cuomo myth and other commentary University of California staff celebrates Rush Limbaugh’s death as media pitch Trump reflects on decision to award Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has mandated that flags be flown at half-staff in the sunshine state in honor of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died this week from Lung Cancer at the age of 70. “We had one of our own, Rush Limbaugh, pass away a few days ago. What we do for something of this magnitude, when they announce the dates of internment for Rush, we are going to be lowering the flags to half staff,” he told fans on Friday. “There’s not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend.” The move was instantly denounced by state Democrats, who...
    Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., called on President Biden on Friday night to order flags lowered to half-staff to honor the life of conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh died on Wednesday at the age of 70 after battling lung cancer. FLORIDA HONORING RUSH LIMBAUGH BY LOWERING FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF: DESANTIS As previously reported by Fox News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he plans to order the state’s flag to fly at half-staff to honor Limbaugh. DeSantis called him a friend. It’s not clear when the flags will be lowered, since the funeral plans for Limbaugh have not been announced yet. The conservative radio show host lived in Palm Beach, Florida, for many years. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  Limbaugh found out he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020. President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during his...
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Friday he intends to order flags in his state to half-mast in honor of the late conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh. “I know they’re still figuring out arrangements. But what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said at an event in a Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach, where he was providing an update on his state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said in a statement released on Wednesday that he and his wife were “saddened” to learn of Limbaugh’s passing and said, “We don’t know who will succeed rush as America’s anchorman, but we do know that nobody will ever replace him.” DeSantis was joined at Friday’s event by Limbaugh’s long-time producer, James “Bo Snerdley” Golden, who called...
    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed Friday that flags will fly at half-staff in honor of conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh, according to the Tampa Bay Times. DeSantis said Florida’s flags will be lowered upon the announcement of funeral arrangements for Limbaugh, in accordance with standard protocol. Rush Limbaugh passed away Wednesday at age 70 after battling lung cancer.  “I know they’re still figuring out the arrangements, but what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re gonna be lowering the flags to half-staff,” the governor stated at the beginning of a press conference at the Hilton Airport Palm Beach in West Palm Beach. Earlier this week, Florida state representative Anthony Sabatini requested DeSantis order Florida’s flags to be lowered in honor of Limbaugh, describing him as “a champion of the constitution, civic engagement, and a great American patriot.” (RELATED:...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen Florida restaurant goes viral with 'face diapers not required' sign DeSantis threatens to divert vaccines from communities criticizing distribution MORE (R) said Friday that he would order flags to fly at half-staff in honor of conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh, who died this week at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.  “I know they’re still figuring out arrangements. But what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said during a political event in Palm Beach County, where Limbaugh lived. "There's not much that needs to be said, the guy was an...
    Two FBI agents who were shot dead while trying to serve a search warrant to a suspect in a child pornography case earlier this week in Florida will be honored in separate ceremonies at the Hard Rock Stadium in Tampa this weekend.  Memorial services for Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.  FBI IDENTIFIES SLAIN AGENTS WHO 'EXEMPLIFIED HEROISM' IN FORT LAUDERDALE SHOOTINGS Both of the victim's families, friends and colleagues from law enforcement will be in attendance at the events, which will be closed to the public due to coronavirus safety restrictions.  Funeral services are being arranged in Coral Springs for Schwartzenberger and in Hollywood for Alfin. Both agents had a history of investigating child pornography and sexual exploitation cases. Alfin, 36, who had been an FBI special agent since 2009, was recently involved in a case against an...
    The American flag will be flying at half-staff in Massachusetts today, Monday, Jan. 25, to honor the recent death of a soldier who had been deployed overseas. On Jan. 5, in South Korea, Staff Sergeant James Lynch Wento of the U.S. Army died, the Governor’s office said. Wento was from Lynn and was 34 years old at the time of his death. He was on his second South Korean tour. The United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Monday. They will fly at half-staff at administrative buildings, any public or state-owned buildings, as well as military bases and installations. At the time of his death, Wento was serving as Headquarters Platoon Sergeant and belonged to the 2-2 Assault Helicopter Battalion stationed in Yongsan, South Korea. While conducting live-fire exercises the vehicle experienced an accidental...
    MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A 5th grader from Morris Township, New Jersey is working hard to spread kindness throughout her community. She’s doing it with thousands of flags of gratitude, CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported Friday. It started as a cub scout project: find a local hero to honor. But when the COVID lockdown made it too difficult, 11-year-old Callie Danysh expanded the project. “So, I thought to myself why honor one hero when you can honor all of them,” Callie said. She decided to thank all our frontline heroes by creating flags with drawings and inspirational messages. Callie calls the project, “Flags of Gratitude.” She realized there are countless people who need a boost. Callie has now created more than 2,000 flags for sanitation workers, firefighters and many in law enforcement. Morris County Sheriff James Gannon expressed his appreciation. “Keep up the good work, thank you very much. I...
              Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Monday that flags would be flown at half-staff on all public buildings until Wednesday in honor of a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officer who was killed during riots last week. U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died on January 7 after he was injured during riots in the Capitol building. A group of pro-Trump protesters rushed and breached the Capitol building on Wednesday in order to impede the certification of the results of the Electoral College. Flags shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds until Jan. 13, 2021. ⬇ pic.twitter.com/qRt0HIo4SL — Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) January 11, 2021 Sicknick had served with the USCP since July 2008 and most recently served in the department’s First Responder’s Unit, according to the USCP. His death is currently being investigated by the USCP and its...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis ordered all flags on public buildings to be lowered to half staff immediately until Jan. 13. The order honors police officers at the United State Capitol killed in violent attacks at the building on Jan. 6. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) President Donald Trump issued the same order on Sunday to honor Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. The order also pays respect to the rest of the force and law enforcement across the country, the order states. (credit: CBS) Meanwhile, the FBI alerted authorities across the country of groups are calling for the...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US 'to their knees' Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls Ken Klippenstein: 'Ideological' blindspot kept law enforcement from urgently responding to Capitol riots MORE ordered American flags to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday in honor in honor of the U.S. Capitol Police officer slain in Wednesday's riot and another who reportedly died in the days after. The president called for flags at the White House, public buildings, military posts, naval stations, naval vessels and facilities abroad to fly at half-staff to pay respect to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died due to injuries he sustained when a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol building.  Trump’s statement also mentioned Howard Liebengood, a Capitol Police officer who The Washington Post reported died while off-duty over the weekend after being on the scene of the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Gov. Gavin Newsom said the flags over the California State Capitol will fly at half-staff Sunday in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries a day after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building as lawmakers began to certify Joe Biden’s election win. Several people have already been arrested or identified through photos from the riot. The Department of Justice announced charges against 17 people in federal court and dozens of others were charged in Superior Court by Saturday, CBS News reported. Newsom said he called for the flying of flags at half-staff in solidarity with those lowered over the U.S. Capitol. “Our democracy rests on our common civility. The attack on our nation’s Capitol was an attempt to upend our democratic process, resulting in the loss of life and terrorizing of hundreds of dedicated public servants,” the governor said....
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    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Flags at all state buildings and facilities in New Jersey will be flown at half-staff on Monday to honor Brian Sicknick, the police officer who was killed during Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol Building. Sicknick was a New Jersey native, raised in South River. Gov. Phil Murphy issued the order Saturday, saying in a statement, “United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick embodied the selfless spirit of his native state … Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends, as well as to his United States Capitol Police colleagues and the Guardsmen and Guardswomen he served alongside. We thank him for his service to our nation.” CRISIS IN THE CAPITOL Local Members Of Congress Recount ‘Disturbing’ Scene Child Psychologists Encourage Open Conversations With Children Photo Gallery: Pro-Trump Mob Storms U.S. Capitol Building CBS News Coverage U.S. Capitol Police...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 10 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says those responsible for police officer Brian Sicknick’s death from the siege at the Capitol by a mob loyal to President Donald Trump “must be brought to justice.” Pelosi said Friday she was lowering flags at the Capitol in his honor. Sicknick died “after defending the Capitol complex and protecting those who serve and work here. The perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice,” she said. Pro-Trump supporters were urged on by the president Wednesday to the Capitol where Congress was tallying the Electoral College votes to confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s election. Five people are now dead from the violent melee. “The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American Democracy, and its...
    American flags across Connecticut will be flown at half-mast on Monday, Dec. 14. By order of Gov. Ned Lamont, U.S. flags will be lowered in honor and remembrance of the 20 children and 6 adults who were killed eight years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset. As no other flag should fly higher than the U.S., all other flags should be lowered as well, Lamont said in a press release. “The memories of the twenty young children and six educators whose lives were tragically taken on that horrible morning eight years ago will forever remain in our hearts,” Governor Lamont said. “We can continue to honor them by performing acts of kindness, love, and humanity that brighten the lives of others and bring comfort to our community.” The victims were: “beautiful children” – Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Flags in Colorado will fly at half-staff on Monday in a remembrance of those killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 79 years ago. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day honors those who died in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. (credit: CBS) More than 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded in the attack on the U.S. port which led to America’s involvement in World War II. RELATED: Berthoud Sailor Missing In Pearl Harbor Attack Accounted For 78 Years Later
    Getty Why are  United States flags flying at half-staff today on December 7, 2020? U.S. flags are lowered at government buildings across the country through sunset today, December 7, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here’s what you need to know about the flags flying at half-staff today.Flags Are Flying Half-Staff in Memory of Pearl Harbor DayFlags are flying half-staff today in memory of Pearl Harbor Day 2020. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation for today in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. Read it in full below: On the morning of December 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese forces ambushed the Naval Station Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Tragically, 2,403 Americans perished during the attack, including 68 civilians. On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly honor and uphold the memory of the patriots who lost their lives that day — “a date which will live...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Flags across Alabama are at half-staff as former state Rep. Alvin Holmes is laid to rest. Holmes, who had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his 2018 defeat, died on Nov. 21. He was 81. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered flags at half-staff Sunday to honor Holmes on the day he is buried. The order lasts until sunset. It is a fitting honor for someone who served his state in the House for 44 years, Ivey said in her order. “Anyone who had the privilege of working with or hearing Rep. Holmes address the Legislature knows that he was passionate about his work and cared deeply about improving our state, specifically in matters involving civil rights,” Ivey wrote. Holmes was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, just four years after African Americans — who hadn’t served since Reconstruction...
    PALMDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- The inaugural Palmdale Healing and Honor Field is a display of 2,020 American flags honoring men and women in the military, and first responders in the police, fire department and medical fields."I think it's a very moving and unifying thing to do at a time of great division and turbulence, it's something everyone can agree on regardless of who they're going to vote for," said Sgt. Dennis Anderson.A tag with the name of the person being honored will be placed on each flag. Organizers hope it can give families comfort during uncertain times."This is just a field of healing and we want people to come out here to have the healing process begin," said Fred Avilla, Chaplain, VFW Post 300 Quartz Hill. "We're in turbulent times right now but this field is all dedicated to honoring our first responders, military and also for healing for those...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff Monday to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. As of Friday, Minnesota hit its highest single-day record of COVID-19 cases. It’s the first time the state has a daily total above 2,000 cases since the pandemic began. “As of today, we’ve lost 2,212 Minnesotans to COVID-19. There’s a family and a heartbreaking story behind each Minnesotan we’ve lost,” Walz said. “Minnesotans come together as one community in these challenging moments to mourn and support each other.” Walz has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember and honor COVID victims. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags to honor Minnesotans who have lost their lives to the virus, and their families.
    President Trump has ordered flags on all U.S. federal buildings to be flown at half-staff until the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is interred, the White House announced on Friday evening. In the proclamation order, Mr. Trump called Ginsburg a "trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country." "Her legacy and contribution to American history will never be forgotten," Mr. Trump said, saying that flags would be lowered to half-staff as a "mark of respect" for Ginsburg. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox He said Ginsburg "epitomized powerful yet respectful argument; that you can disagree with someone without being disagreeable to them." "Justice Ginsburg's work helped bring about greater equality for women, secure rights for the disabled, and will continue to influence our Nation for generations to come," the president said in his proclamation order. "In addition to...
    PALMDALE (KABC) -- ABC7 salutes an organization bringing an honor field to the Antelope valley: a field of flags that will open in time for Veterans Day.The inaugural Palmdale Healing and Honor Field will be a colorful display of American flags."Those flags are gonna be yonder on that gorgeous green field and there's gonna be 2,020 of them for this very difficult year, 2020 that we're all doing our best to make it through," said Army veteran Dennis Anderson."Every flag will have a yellow ribbon that you can dedicate to a first responder, a medical provider, a veteran, person in the military. Your personal hero can be honored on our field," said JJ Murphy, Palmdale City Manager.Similar to the Field of Valor seen in Covina each year, this will be quite the sight, even from a distance - something that was needed to replace the mobile veteran's wall this year."The...
      TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott has directed that all flags in Texas are lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the Midland/Odessa shootings one year ago today. He tweeted a copy of the letter he sent to Regional Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dwight D. Mathis a year ago. It read in part: “Midland-Odessa was struck by a senseless and cowardly attack today. Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to both communities in this time of loss. As such, it is fitting that flags should be lowered immediately to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives.” Texas flags have been lowered to half-staff in honor of those who lost their lives in the shooting in Midland and Odessa. pic.twitter.com/9TCJDQOroV — Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) September 1, 2019 Authorities said Seth Aaron Ator, 36, opened fire...
    BOSTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts resident has made it his mission to honor every man and woman from Charlestown who was killed during World War II. In total, Bill Durette placed 128 flags at Charlestown City Square Park. On Saturday he walked the streets of Charlestown with flags in his backpack, thinking about the men and women who served in World War II but never got to come back home to their families. “So as I walking I could actually point to many of the houses the guys lived at who were killed in the war,” Durette said. With flags on his back, Bill Durette makes his way through Charlestown. (WBZ-TV) The flags honor the 126 men and two women who died in World War II. “I think many of the families who lost someone appreciate the remembrance that they’re not forgotten,” Durette said. Those families include Judy Burton, who...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Governor Newsom has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the state Capitol in honor of two fallen members of law enforcement. Valentin Martinez was one of the two who died from complications from COVID-19. Martinez was a patrol officer with the LAPD at the Mission station. He was 45 years old and a father-to-be. He tested positive back in May. His domestic partner is pregnant with twins. The second is Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Rocha, who also died of COVID-19.
    Donald Trump has finally broken his silence over the death of John Lewis and the White House flags have been lowered to half-staff in honor of the civil rights activist whose bloody beating at Selma helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation.  America is mourning the loss of two great civil rights heroes in one day after Rev. C.T. Vivian, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and later led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, also died Friday. Their deaths come at a time when racial tensions are boiling nationwide, as protesters demand an end to systemic racism following the 'murder' of George Floyd and a long line of deaths of African-Americans in police custody.  Tributes have been pouring in for the pioneer of the civil rights movement who died aged 80 Friday and the president - known for usually being overzealous on social media - was notable in...
    Flags at the White House and U.S. Capitol were lowered to half staff Saturday morning to honor the late Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday night at the age of 80. The tribute to signify a nation in mourning is the first of what is expected to be many ways the civil rights leader and longtime congressman from Georiga will be eulogized. JOHN LEWIS, CIVIL RIGHTS ICON, CONGRESSMAN FOR 33 YEARS, DEAD AT 80 It's possible Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol, an honor reserved for American heroes and dignitaries and occurring just 36 times in U.S. history. However, House and Senate leadership have not made such an announcement yet. "I'm sure it will happen," one senior House Democratic source told Fox News. By Saturday morning, the American flag at the White House was lowered. President Trump, who spent the morning at his golf course in Virginia, did not immediately...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California is honoring a senior detention officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, the agency's first employee to die from COVID-19.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state Capitol flags will fly at half-staff in remembrance of Erica McAdoo, who was assigned to the agency's Custody Services Division.The 39-year-old "lost her valiant battle with coronavirus" late Friday evening, the LAPD said in a statement. She is believed to be the first LAPD officer to die after contracting COVID-19."Jennifer and I were extremely saddened to learn of the death of Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo, who lost her courageous fight with COVID-19,'' Newsom said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and her LAPD colleagues as they mourn her untimely passing."McAdoo is survived by her mother, Donna Royston.LAPD officials said there were 287 department employees who are currently at home after having been exposed to...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Flags at the California State Capitol will fly at half-staff in honor of Los Angeles Police Department Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo who died on Friday from coronavirus complications. An undated photo of LAPD detention officer Erica McAdoo, who has died after suffering coronavirus complications. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued a statement saying he and his wife Jennifer Newsom are keeping McAdoo’s loved ones and colleagues in their thoughts. The 39-year-old officer was assigned to the Custody Services Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. She is survived by her mother, Donna Royston. The LAPD said 287 Department employees are currently at home after having been exposed to or have tested positive for coronavirus. Los Angeles County health officials reported 1,584 new coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths on Monday. To date, there is a countywide total of 116,570 cases and 3,534 deaths.
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