Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff Saturday in Honor of Kentucky Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, July 22, in honor of a Kentucky sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but whose remains were only identified in 2021.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Elmer P. Lawrence, 25, of Park City, Kentucky, died in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Read more here. Funeral services for Lawrence will be held Saturday at Shiloh General Baptist Church in Railton, Kentucky, with burial immediately following at Shiloh Cemetery.

All individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag to honor Lawrence. Additional flag status information is available at

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