SANTA FE (KSMX)- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state flags to half-staff in observance of Juneteenth, per a release.
State flags will be flown at half-staff beginning sundown Thursday through sundown Saturday.
“Juneteenth is a celebration of human dignity and freedom, but it’s also a reminder of the dark and irrevocable original sin of this nation, the structural and social effects of which we are sadly still grappling with today,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “While we celebrate and recommit ourselves to the founding principle that all persons are created equal, we can never forget that this country was built on the backs of generations of enslaved black men and women. For them, and for our black New Mexican friends and neighbors, we lower the flags.
Juneteenth has been a New Mexico state holiday since 2006. The state traditionally observes Juneteenth on the Saturday nearest to June 19 to June 20 this year, so the executive order requires flags to be lowered both days.