- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff for the memorial service for former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt.

The proclamation announced Saturday and dated Friday orders the flags fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, which would have been Hammerschmidt’s 93rd birthday. Hutchinson - a Republican like Hammerschmidt - called Hammerschmidt “an Arkansas icon, political giant and a personal mentor and friend.”

Hammerschmidt was first elected to Congress in 1966 and served 13 terms before retiring in 1992.

Monday’s memorial service for Hammerschmidt will be held in Harrison.

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