DES MOINES -- Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to honor state Senator Pat Ward, who passed away on Monday.
The governor's directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state.
Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
Ward is survived by her husband, John Ward of West Des Moines, her daughter Chelsea Reynolds, her son, Ethan Reynolds, her step-daughter, Wendy Ward, and her-step-son, Tom Ward.
A memorial service are being held today, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.
The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funeral will be presented to Sen. Ward's family.