Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff today in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor the selflessness of those in the armed forces.

A visitor to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary stands over the grave marker of a loved one on Memorial Day in St. Louis on May 28, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

“Especially on Memorial Day, I ask Missourians to take time to honor the memory of those military men and women who have given their lives defending our freedom,”Nixon said. “Over the past year, 11 brave members of our military from Missouri have given their lives in defense of America and the freedoms we share.  On this solemn day, I urge Missourians to pray for the families of these fallen heroes and to give thanks to the veterans still with us for their service to our country.”