Governor Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff immediately in honor and remembrance of the victims in the tragic shootings in Lewiston, Maine. Flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset, October 30, 2023. The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Biden’s proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff for the same length of time.
Gov. Reynolds also ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, October 27, 2023, in honor and remembrance of Anthony “Tony” Hoffman of the Ionia Volunteer Fire Department who lost his life in the line of duty on October 22, 2023. Hoffman was killed in a traffic accident as he was responding to a field fire. Hoffman was a 17-year veteran of the Ionia Volunteer Fire Department.
“Anthony Hoffman’s service and dedication to the Ionia community will never be forgotten,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Iowa is stronger because of Anthony Hoffman who volunteered to put his life on the line to protect his community. As we lower flags, lets honor his legacy and service.”
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties, and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.