BISMARCK. N.D. (KXNET) — Governor Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in North Dakota and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The governor’s directive is in accordance with North Dakota Century Code and a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden, who has proclaimed Oct. 8-15 as Fire Prevention Week.

Burgum has proclaimed Oct. 8-9 as Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in North Dakota, noting that North Dakota has more than 30 volunteer and career fire departments across the states, “staffed by dedicated men and women selflessly serving their neighbors in times of need.”

“Volunteer and career firefighters place themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of North Dakotans,” the proclamation states, extending “sincere appreciation and gratitude to the volunteer and career firefighters who protect our families and communities through their bravery, dedication, and sacrifice.”

The President has called on Americans to participate in the observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service with appropriate programs and activities and by renewing their efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.