U.S. Capitol continues solemn tradition with flags at half-staff

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House Speaker John A. Boehner ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor National Peace Officers Memorial Day, one of only two days in which flags are scheduled to fly lower than full-staff.

“One is Memorial Day,” the Ohio Republican said. “The other is today, when we honor federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.”

Among those honored is U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Clinton J. Holtz, who served in Mr. Boehner’s protective detail and collapsed and died from an aneurysm while on duty earlier this year.

“Sergeant Holtz — or ‘Stretch’ as we called him — was a man of great heart and compassion, the finest of officers in what is the finest of forces,” Mr. Boehner said of the officer, who stood nearly 7 feet tall. “His family — and all those who lost a loved one in the line of duty — are in our prayers.”

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