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      Gov. Nixon asks Missourians to honor those who gave their lives serving the nation this Memorial Day

      Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 26, until noon that day in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nationâ??s armed forces.

      â??On Memorial Day, I ask all Missourians to remember the brave military men and women who have died defending our freedom, and the freedom of those around the globe,â?? Gov. Nixon said. â??We can never fully repay our debt to those we have lost, but we can honor their memory by continuing our work to protect the rights of all Americans to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.â??

      One way to support veterans who have served is through the stateâ??s Show-Me Heroes program, the Governor said. Missouri employers who sign up for Show-Me Heroes online at pledge to give first consideration to military veterans when those employers fill job positions. Gov. Nixon began the program in January 2010. To date, 3,922 employers have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge, and they have hired more than 6,600 veterans.