Gov. Brownback orders flags lowered to honor former Israeli Prime Minister

FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, former Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrive to attend the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussien convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan. Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, has died, the Israeli news website YNet reported early Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. He was 93. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Sam Brownback ordered flags in Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down beginning immediately through sun-set on Friday, September 30 to honor former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres. President Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. flags on federal property to be flown at half-staff.

Peres died Wednesday due to complications from a stroke. The former Israeli prime minister was 93.

“We grieve with the State of Israel for the loss of a remarkable leader, committed to peace and freedom,” said Governor Brownback. “Shimon Peres was dedicated to the independence of Israel, working tirelessly to establish and lead his nation. His commitment to service and peace will be missed.”

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