Gov. Jay Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 28, until noon that day in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor the selflessness of those in the armed forces.

“Especially on Memorial Day, I ask Missourians to take time to honor the memory of those military men and women who have given their lives defending our freedom,” Nixon said. “Over the past year, 11 brave members of our military from Missouri have given their lives in defense of America and the freedoms we share. On this solemn day, I urge Missourians to pray for the families of these fallen heroes and to give thanks to the veterans still with us for their service to our country.”

One way to support veterans who have served is through the state’s Show-Me Heroes program, the governor said. Missouri employers who sign up for Show-Me Heroes online at pledge to give first consideration to military veterans when those employers fill job positions. Nixon began the program in January 2010; to date, 1,967 employers have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge, and they have hired more than 1,500 veterans.

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