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Iowa flags lowered in honor of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis

U.S. Rep. John Lewis
U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered flags in Iowa be lowered to half mast through the rest of the weekend in honor of Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a long time civil rights leader who died Friday.

The order, issued Saturday, applies to flags at public facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools and municipalities are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff, but are not required to do so.

Lewis, a 33-year member of the U.S. House, died Friday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

“From a bridge in Selma, Ala., to the halls of Congress, John Lewis was a trailblazer for justice and equality,” Reynolds said. “A giant in the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. Lewis always sought liberty and justice for all Americans.

“Today we come together to reflect on this remarkable life of service and remember that the fight continues to form a more perfect union for all.”

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