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State flags to be flown at half-staff at Capitol Thursday in honor of late Cheyenne mayor Bill Nation

U.S. and State of Wyoming flags being flown at half-staff. (Gregory Hirst, Oil City File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon announced in a news release Tuesday afternoon that all state flags in two locations would be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor and memory of former Cheyenne Mayor Bill Nation, who died last week.

The order will only be in effect at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne and in Laramie County as a whole from sunrise to sunset Thursday. Only the state flag will be flown at half-staff, with other flags flying as normal.

Nation, who died last Wednesday at the age of 96, was Cheyenne’s mayor at two nonconsecutive points: 1962–66 and 1973–77. The Lingle-born World War II veteran also briefly served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1965 to 1967, representing Laramie County as a Democrat.

Nation lived in Cheyenne until his death, living long enough to see one of the city’s busiest roads (Nationway) named in his honor.

“We mourn the passing of former Mayor Bill Nation,” the City of Cheyenne wrote in a social media post regarding the news Monday. “Mr. Nation began his career as a photographer before entering a lifelong passion of civic service as a Mayor and state legislator. We send our condolences to the Nation family. Rest in peace, Mayor Nation.”

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