Flags half staff 03This page contains information regarding flag-lowering orders issued by the President of the United States and the Governor of Wisconsin.

Under changes to the Flag Code made in 2007, National flags flown over Federal installations and facilities in Wisconsin must be lowered to half staff when the Governor of Wisconsin orders flags to half staff because of the death of a member of the Armed Forces. Read the text of the amendment to the Flag Code at: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/micks.htm

The Governor also has the authority to order flags to half staff at all state-owned and operated facilities in the event of the death of present or former officials of state government. Municipal and county governments, public and private schools, private businesses, and individuals should also lower their flags to half staff under an Executive Order issued by the Governor.

More information on proper display of the flag can be found in a report issued April 14, 2008, by the Congressional Research Service: "The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions", by Atty. John R. Luckey. http://senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

Updates regarding Presidential Proclamations can be found at the White House website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/proclamations/

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Current and recent US and state flag lowering proclamations follow.

 

2016

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 193
Date: March 31, 2016
Details:

Relating to a proclamation that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for former Representative Tamara Grigsby.

Executive Order 193: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 192
Date: March 30, 2016
Details:

Relating to a proclamation that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon of the United States Navy, of Hudson, Wisconsin, who lost his life during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Executive Order 192: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 191
Date: March 28, 2016
Details:

Relating to a proclamation that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Colonel Donald L. Heiliger of the United States Air Force

Executive Order 191: Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Date: March 22, 2016 through sunset, March 26, 2016
Details:

President Obama directing that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately in honor of the victims of the attack in Brussels, Belgium until sunset, March 26, 2016

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 188
Date: March 9, 2016
Details:

Relating to a proclamation that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Machinist's Mate 1st Class Vernon T. Luke of the United States Navy, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who lost his life during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Executive Order 188: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 187
Date: March 7, 2016 through sunset Friday, March 11, 2016
Details:

Relating to a proclamation that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be displayed at half-staff in honor of Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States.

Executive Order 187: Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN
Date: March 7, 2016 through sunset Friday, March 11, 2016
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset, on the day of interment.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 185
Date: February 13, 2016 through sunset, Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Details:

Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin Be Flown at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Executive Order 185: Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA
Date: February 13, 2016 through sunset Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset, on the day of interment.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

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