LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Wednesday to honor President Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his death.
Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865 and died early the next morning.
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation making Wednesday a day of remembrance for the nation’s 16th president.
Tuesday, Snyder’s office issued a release saying that U.S. flags should be lowered to half-staff for Lincoln as part of the day of remembrance.
“We do not lack for reminders of President Lincoln’s actions, which will live in our nation’s hearts for as long as we remain a strong and united country,” Snyder said in a statement. “Today we will remember the person — his dedication to what we should stand for and the courage to fight for it. Let us all pause today and reflect on President Lincoln’s vision for America and what we all can do moving forward in that spirit.”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has also ordered flags lowered, the Associated Press reports. Lincoln spent much of his childhood in southwestern Indiana before moving to Illinois and beginning his political career.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.