- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts is reminding residents to fly flags at half-staff at state government buildings and other sites in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Ricketts ordered U.S. and state flags lowered Sunday through sunset to honor fallen peace officers.

In 1994, a federal law was enacted encouraging the American flag to be lowered to half-staff every May 15 in remembrance of the more than 21,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

In Nebraska, 136 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1866. They include federal, state, county, municipal and tribal agency officers, as well as railroad, game and parks and correctional officers.

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