Governor Ducey, in coordination with the Presidential Proclamation, has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately in honor of the former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres. Flags should be raised at sunset on Friday, September 30th.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
Read President Barak Obama’s full statement here.
STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON PASSING OF SHIMON PERES
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres:
“It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the loss of my friend, a warrior and a peacemaker, former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres. Shimon gave his life to Israel, and he came to embody that which I and so many others admire about that small island of democracy in the Middle East – its warmth, its daring, and its tenacity. I have known no greater patriot, nor any statesman more beloved and respected by his countrymen than Shimon Peres.
“I will always treasure Shimon’s friendship. And I will never forget his unflinching optimism. A man who had borne witness to such heartbreak and loss could have easily given in to cynicism. But not Shimon. He put faith in his dreams and the dreams of his nation. And it is due in no small part to Shimon’s optimism and idealism, and his willingness to serve on behalf of those dreams, that Israel has survived and thrived. His inspiration and impact will endure far beyond the generations who witnessed them.”