Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2021
Gov. Whitmer Keeps Flags Lowered to Honor Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole
Flags are currently lowered to honor victims of the shooting in Oxford and should remain lowered until further notice
LANSING, Mich.-- Governor Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden tonight, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to remain lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan to honor the life and service of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.
"Senator Bob Dole is an example of a lifelong public servant," said Governor Whitmer. "He courageously served our nation in World War II, and later served the state of Kansas as U.S. Senator for nearly three decades. Bob Dole left his mark on our nation, and we thank him for his dedication and service to all Americans."
Senator Bob Dole was born in Russell, Kansas in 1923. He served in World War II. He represented Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969, and as U.S. Senator from 1969 to 1996. Dole was the 1996 Republic Presidential Nominee. Dole passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the age of 98 years old.
The State of Michigan recognizes the leadership, determination, and dedication of Senator Bob Dole 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 remain lowered until further notice to honor victims of the shooting in Oxford.