Polis orders flags lowered to honor Reid

Former Sen. Harry Reid lied in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday.

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings on Thursday, Jan. 13 beginning at midnight and to return to full-staff at sunset.

The flags will be lowered to honor the life and legacy of former Sen. Harry Reid on the day of his interment, as proclaimed by President Joe Biden, said the governor’s office. 

Reid, who had pancreatic cancer, died last month at age 82.

Reid was recalled Wednesday as a “legendary leader” as colleagues and friends gathered at the U.S. Capitol to pay tribute to a hardscrabble Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to the most powerful position in the Senate.

Reid lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda while Vice President Kamala Harris, senators and others joined for a ceremony closed to the public under COVID-19 protocols.

“To see him lead and legislate was to see a master at work,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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The full text of President Biden’s proclamation reads: 

From humble roots in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid rose to become one of the great Senate Majority Leaders in American history. He was a man of action, and a man of his word — guided by faith, loyalty, and unshakeable resolve.

Throughout his long career of public service, Harry Reid was instrumental in passing landmark legislation that made a positive difference in the lives of countless Americans and made our Nation stronger and safer. His devoted service to our Nation was not about power for power’s sake. It was about the power to do right by the American people.

As a mark of respect for his memory, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, 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 on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period 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 twenty-ninth day of December, 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-sixth.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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