On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately and to remain that way until sunset on Dec. 9 to honor former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.
Dole, a member of the Republican Party who represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, died on Sunday, Dec. 5. He was 98. During his 27 years as senator, Dole served two stints as the senate majority leader.
Prior to his tenure as senator, Dole served in the Army where he enlisted in 1942. He received the Purple Heart twice as well as two Bronze Stars with an oak leaf cluster for his service in World War II. An advocate for our nation’s veterans, Dole served as national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, helping to raise millions to construct the first memorial dedicated to all World War II veterans. Dole is the husband of former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole.
“Bob Dole was a true public servant who with humor, grace and dignity worked to make the United States stronger and safer. Our prayers go to Senator Dole’s family, particularly his wife, Senator Elizabeth Dole,” Gov. Cooper said in a release.
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.