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Memorial Day: Flags at Half-Staff, Gabbard Keynote Speaker

May 24, 2013, 4:24 PM HST
* Updated May 24, 4:25 PM
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In keeping with a request from President Obama, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that national and state flags be flown at half-staff at state offices and agencies from sunrise to noon on Monday.

Obama today issued a proclamation declaring Memorial Day “a day of prayer for permanent peace” and asked that all states fly the US flag at half-staff until noon.

The president also requested that the public display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

Obama also designated the hour beginning in each locality at 11 a.m. as a time to unite in prayer, and further asked all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3 p.m. local time.

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will be making several appearances in the Hilo area on Monday including delivering keynote remarks at 8:30 a.m. at a Memorial Day ceremony at Hilo Veterans Cemetery No. 1 at 150 Kapiolani St.

At noon, Gabbard will tour Hospice of Hilo to learn about its new partnerships and programs, and at 3 p.m. she will deliver keynote remarks at a ceremony being held at the front lawn of Kilauea Military Camp at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The address is entitled “Remembering All Who Served.”

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