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Gov. Whitmer Orders Flags Lowered for Memorial Day


May 25, 2019   


Gov. Whitmer Orders Flags Lowered for Memorial Day  


LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 27, 2019 from sunrise until noon to honor Memorial Day and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty. 


Our nation owes a tremendous debt to the military service members and their families who gave everything to their country,” Whitmer said. “It’s on this day that we pay tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the rights and freedoms that we all cherish. Today we recommit ourselves to working alongside each other to build a state that is worthy of their sacrifice.” 


The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of military service members 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 from noon until sunset on Monday, May 27, 2019.