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Flags fly at half staff to honor fallen police

Flags will fly at half staff across North Dakota and Minnesota Friday in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or suffered injuries while on the job.

Flags will fly at half staff across North Dakota and Minnesota Friday in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or suffered injuries while on the job.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton have instructed personnel at state and federal buildings to fly their flags at half staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, according to news releases issued by both governors' offices.

The day was first declared in the early 1960's by president John Kennedy and has been observed annually since, the releases said.

"On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours," one release says.

Dalrymple also declared this week from May 10 to 16 as Police Week in honor of North Dakota's law enforcement officers.

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In the releases, both governors thanked their state's law enforcement officers for their dedication and service to their communities.

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