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Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of former Iowa Gov. Ray

DES MOINES, Iowa - Flags in Iowa have been ordered to fly half-staff starting Thursday in honor of Iowa's former governor.

Governor Kim Reynolds issued the order that starting at sunrise on Thursday for flags to fly at half-staff until sunset on Friday.

This is to honor former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray who passed away on Sunday.

"Governor Ray's legacy lives on in the millions of people that he impacted as a tremendous statesman for Iowa and our nation,” Reynolds said. “His civility, courage and common-sense governing set a high standard for those who followed. May our prayers and thoughts bring peace to First Lady Billie Ray, her daughters and family at this time."

Residents are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff as well.

Ray will lay in state at the Iowa Capitol building Thursday afternoon and evening with a brief ceremony happening at 5:00 p.m. when the governor will return to the Capitol for the final time.

Iowans are encouraged to arrive at the Capitol before 4:00 p.m. as security checkpoints will be utilized. Citizens will be able to pass by Governor Ray’s casket and pay their respects between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Then, the funeral for Governor Ray will be held Friday at the First Christian Church at 25th and University in Des Moines. The service will begin at 1 p.m. 

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