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.

2015

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 183
Date: December 20, 2015
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 Lawrence W. "Larry" Millard of the Endeavor Moundville Fire Department

Executive Order 183: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 182
Date: December 7, 2015
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 on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Executive Order 182: Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA
Date: December 3, 2015 through December 7, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until 12:00am December 8, 2015, HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 181
Date: December 1, 2015
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 Officer Ryan Copeland of the McFarland Police Department

Executive Order 181: Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN PARIS, FRANCE
Date: November 15, 2015 until sunset November 19, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset November 19, 2015, HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN PARIS, FRANCE.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 178
Date: October 24, 2015
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 Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, Who Lost His Life While Serving His Country

Executive Order 178: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 177
Date: October 10, 2015
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 the Firefighters of this State Who Have Given Their Lives in the Line of Duty

Executive Order 177: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 176
Date: September 22, 2015
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 Justice N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Executive Order 176: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 174
Date: September 16, 2015
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 Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Einar H. Ingman, Jr., of the United States Army

Executive Order 174: Text of Executive Order

Title: PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2015
Date: September 11, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff from now until sunset September 11, 2015 on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 173
Date: September 11, 2015
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 in commemoration of the fourteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Executive Order 173: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 172
Date: August 29, 2015
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 Major Dale W. Richardson of the United States Army, who lost his life while serving his country during the Vietnam War.

Executive Order 172: Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
Date: July 21 until sunset, July 25, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff from now until sunset July 25, 2015 HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 167
Date: July 17, 2015
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 Sergeant Carson A. Holmquist of the United States Marine Corps Who Lost His Life in a Tragic Shooting While Serving His Country

Executive Order 167: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 166
Date: June 29, 2015
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 Lieutenant Michael Miller of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.

Executive Order 166: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 165
Date: June 13, 2015
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 Firefighter Dale J. Wege of the Pine Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Executive Order 165: Text of Executive Order

Title: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2015
Date: May 25th until noon, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff on May 25, 2015 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2015.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 163
Date: May 25, 2015
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 on Memorial Day

Executive Order 163: Text of Executive Order

Title: Peace Officers Memorial Day And Police Week, 2015
Date: Until sunset May 15, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset May 15, 2015 for Peace Officers Memorial Day And Police Week, 2015.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 161
Date: May 9, 2015
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 South Shore Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Dennis Swenson.

Executive Order 161: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 160
Date: May 15, 2015
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 peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Executive Order 160: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 158
Date: April 22, 2015
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 Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde, Who Lost Her Life While Serving Her Country.

Executive Order 158: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 155
Date: April 15, 2015
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 in Observance of a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.

Executive Order 155: Text of Executive Order

Title: Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln
Date: Until sunset April 15, 2015
Details:

President Barack Obama has ordered that the flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset April 15, 2015 in remembrance of President Abraham Lincoln.

Presidential Proclamation Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 154
Date: March 26, 2015
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 State Trooper Trevor Casper of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Who Lost His Life While Serving in the Line of Duty.

The order directs that flags shall be flown at half-staff starting today, March 26, 2015, through sunset on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Executive Order 154: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 153
Date: March 27, 2015
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 Staff Sergeant Kerry M. Kemp of the United States Marine Corps, Who Lost His Life While Serving His Country.

Executive Order 153: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 151
Date: March 21, 2015
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 Lance Corporal Anthony T. DuBeau of the United States Marine Corps, Who Lost His Life While Serving His Country.

Executive Order 151: Text of Executive Order

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