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Why are flags at half-mast in Iowa? In honor of fallen firefighters

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You may see flags around Iowa at half-staff on Sunday.

Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Sunday in honor of the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service.

What is the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service?

All firefighters who died in the line of duty are honored at the annual memorial service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

“We honor and will never forget the sacrifice of firefighters and their families who never hesitated to protect us and our communities,” Reynolds said. “As we lower the flags today, we thank those who have served and those who are currently serving. Our state is eternally grateful.”

Will any fallen Iowan firefighters be honored?

Anthony Hoffman, also known as Tony, will be honored at this year’s National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Hoffman died on October 22, 2023, while serving with the Ionia Fire Department.

Hoffman was the eldest child of Edward and Shirley Hoffman, and was one of nine siblings. He learned to farm from his father and uncles. When he was older, Hoffman started his own company.

Many people remember that Hoffman always asked, “How are you doing” as he served others, both on and off duty. Hoffman helped create the Ionia Day celebration, a testament to his dedication to his hometown.

Which flags should fly at half-staff in Iowa?

According to the governor’s announcement, flags will fly at half-staff at the State Capitol Building and at flag displays throughout the Capitol Complex. Flags will also fly at half-mast on all public buildings, grounds and facilities across the state.

While individuals, businesses or local governments are not mandated to lower flags, the governor is encouraging them to do so.

What is the difference between half mast and half mast?

Half-staff is used when the flag is flown from a flagpole, usually referring to a ship’s mast or similar structures, according to Federal Flags. Half-mast means that the flag is hoisted two-thirds of the way between the top and bottom of the flagpole.

Half-staff is the term used for flags on land, especially in the United States. Half-staff describes a flag that is flown halfway, between the top and bottom of the flagpole.

When the American flag is flown at half-mast, it conveys a message of respect and mourning. Federal Flags says this custom is most often observed following the death of a government official, military personnel or in response to a national tragedy.

Des Moines Register reporter Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez contributed to this report.

Kate Kealey is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @Kkealey17.