Governor Jay Nixon is asking all Missourians to take a moment and remember our fallen service members who have sacrificed so much for our nation. The Governor has ordered all state buildings to fly their flags at half-staff Monday until noon.

The Governor’s press release also noted that employers in the state can honor veterans by taking part in the Show-Me Heroes program. Companies can pledge to give first consideration to veterans in filling open positions.

There will also be a planned moment of silence Monday at 3 p.m. as part of the “National Moment of Remembrance”, a resolution adopted in December of 200. Everyone is urged to take a few moments and consider the price of keeping our nation free and safe.

Press Release from the Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 26, until noon that day in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation’s armed forces.

“On Memorial Day, I ask all Missourians to remember the brave military men and women who have died defending our freedom, and the freedom of those around the globe,” Gov. Nixon said. “We can never fully repay our debt to those we have lost, but we can honor their memory by continuing our work to protect the rights of all Americans to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

One way to support veterans who have served is through the state’s Show-Me Heroes program, the Governor said. Missouri employers who sign up for Show-Me Heroes online at pledge to give first consideration to military veterans when those employers fill job positions. Gov. Nixon began the program in January 2010. To date, 3,922 employers have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge, and they have hired more than 6,600 veterans.