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Flag Status in Michigan
The Governor orders U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout Michigan in accordance with Executive Order 2013 -10. Additionally, flags will be flown at half-staff as proclaimed by the President of the U.S.
When to Lower Flags to Half-staff
The flag may be flown at half-staff by presidential proclamation or by the governor’s order. By order of the president, the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the U.S. and the governor of any state or territory as a mark of respect to their memory and accomplishments.
In the event of the death of a present or former official of state government, the governor of that state may proclaim that the U.S. flag be displayed at half-staff. The governor is authorized by the U.S. Flag Code to lower the U.S. flag to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters as a mark of respect for the memory and in honor of the service of members of our Armed Forces killed in the line of duty. The governor may also lower the flag to half-staff in the event that a police officer or a firefighter is killed in the line of duty.
The flag is always lowered to half-staff on the following days by Governor Whitmer:
- Peace Officers Memorial Day: May 15 – half-staff from sunrise to sunset; except when Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on Armed Forces Day (third Saturday in May)
- Memorial Day: Last Monday in May – the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon, then raised to the top of the staff.
- Patriot Day: September 11
- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7
When flags are lowered to half-staff, Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments, and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
Proper U.S. flag protocol is to display the flag from sunrise to sunset. However, if properly illuminated, the flag may be displayed at night. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
The U.S. flag, when displayed at half-staff, should first be hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
When the U.S. flag is lowered to half-staff, the Michigan flag will also be lowered to half-staff.