Flags to half staff for fallen Capitol Police officers

President Donald Trump on Sunday ordered flags across the nation to half staff until sunset Wednesday, January 13, in honor and remembrance of two peace officers as a result of events during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 in an effort by Trump supporters to stop members of the U.S. Congress from validating the electoral college vote.

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died Thursday night from injuries suffered during the attack. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff the following day. Howard Liebengood, 51, a 15-year veteran of the Capitol Police Force, was on duty during the attack. He died today, an apparent suicide.

The president’s order follows.

“As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 13, 2021.

“I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.”

President Donald J. Trump