State of Michigan

10/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2021 00:07

Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service   


October 15, 2021  

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Gov.Whitmer Lowers Flags for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service   

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden,has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michiganbeginning at midnight tonight and through Saturday, October 16 in honor of the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service being held in Washington, D.C.

"As we lower our flags, we honor the memories of dedicated public safety officers who losttheir livesin the line of dutyto keep our families and communities safe," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "Our state and nation owe these fallen men and women a tremendous debt thatwe can never repay. We are eternally grateful for their service."

The State of Michigan recognizes the service, honorand sacrifice of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and their families bylowering 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 Sunday, October 17.