Memorial Day Messages From Govs Ricketts And Noem

LINCOLN, Neb PIERRE, SD. – Flags traditionally fly at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day, but this year the move to half-staff began Friday in accordance with proclamations from President Donald Trump and all the nation’s governors.

The flags were lowered early to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic as well as to observe Memorial Day. They will be raised back to the top of the staff at noon on Monday.

Governor Pete Ricketts issued his Memorial Day message Friday, focusing on some of the changes in the traditional observances made because of the pandemic.

“On Memorial Day, we pause to remember the heroes who’ve made sacrifices to protect the freedoms we enjoy. Their memory lives on and won’t ever be forgotten.

This year, we’ll commemorate Memorial Day differently than usual due to the coronavirus. I invite Nebraskans to watch our virtual observance at the State Capitol, starting at 7:00 a.m. MT on Memorial Day at veterans.nebraska.gov/memorialday.”:

Ricketts also said his family joins him in wishing everyone a fun and relaxing holiday weekend while continuing to practice physical distancing and driving safely

South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem had a more traditional message, calling Memorial Day “an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the United States remains the greatest country in the world.

Noem said those who’ve given their lives can receive no great honor than for the living to “thank them for their sacrifice, hold them in our memories, and fight hard to preserve the freedoms that they died to defend.”

She urged parents and grandparents to “have a conversation with your children and grandchildren; teach them about our freedoms and liberties, and let them know just how grateful we are for everyone who has sacrificed to make those liberties possible.”

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