Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2019
Gov. Whitmer Orders Flags Lowered for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to honor National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Firefighters across our great state represent the best of what it means to be a Michigander,” Whitmer said. “Today we remember Michael Lubig and Robert Phillips II and the selfless firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. We are grateful for the service of both professional and volunteer firefighters.”
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day marks the first day of Fire Prevention Week, which was established by presidential proclamation in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge and is observed from Sunday, October 6 through Saturday, October 12 of this year.
This year, National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day recognizes two firefighters who lost their lives in 2018:
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of firefighters by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Monday, October 7, 2019.