Inslee Orders Flags Lowered To Commemorate Capitol Insurrection

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OLYMPIA, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to commemorate the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last year.

On Jan. 6, 2021, hundreds of rioters broke into the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election in favor of former President Donald Trump. Over 100 people were injured, and five Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police officers died as a result of the attack.

That same day, another protest breached the gates of the Governor's Mansion in Olympia. Some said they were protesting Inslee's COVID-19 restrictions, but others said they were protesting in favor of Trump and failed gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp, who also refused to cede the election.

The governor says both events were "acts of violence and intimidation", and has ordered flags lowered to honor the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Departments in Washington, D.C, and the Washington State Patrol troopers in Olympia who risked their lives to defend our government amidst the turmoil.

"One year later, it is vital that we remember the heroism and sacrifice of those who defended the heart of our democracy and resisted this attempted insurrection last January," Inslee said in a written statement. "The institutions of our democracy depend upon our continued refusal to allow those who would violently attack our system of government and undermine the will of the people to succeed. U.S. and state flags in Washington state, which are already currently lowered to half-staff, shall also now commemorate and honor those officers who were wounded, and whose lives were cut short, as a result of last January’s attack on the U.S. Capitol."

The governor also asked that Washingtonians recognize the Washington Air National Guard and the Washington National Guard, who were deployed to defend both the U.S. Capitol in D.C. and the Capitol Campus in Olympia last year.

In D.C., some marked the insurrection's anniversary with a moment of silence. President Joe Biden also gave a speech looking back at the year since the attack, accusing Trump and the rioters of holding a “dagger at the throat of democracy” in their attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said. “You can’t love your country only when you win."

Trump, meanwhile, has continued to repeat the lie that the insurrection was justified and that the election had been "stolen" from him. Of the 25.5 million ballots cast in the six battleground states disputed by Trump, only 475 cases of voter fraud have been confirmed, the AP reported.

This article originally appeared on the Lakewood-JBLM Patch