TOPEKA — The Sunflower State is expected to pay tribute Friday to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down Friday in honor of the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day. The 31st Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is planned for noon Friday on the south steps of the capitol grounds in Topeka.

“The heroes on the memorial paid the ultimate price performing their duty to protect the people of Kansas,” Brownback said in a release. “Friday’s memorial ceremony gives us an opportunity to remember their lives and honor their sacrifice.

“To their families, I offer my deepest thanks for their sacrifice and I offer my assurance that the people of Kansas will not forget you and the price that you have also paid,” Brownback said.

Kansas has lost two law enforcement officers in the line of duty in the past year. Topeka Police Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly were fatally shot Dec. 16, 2012, after they responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a grocery store parking lot.