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This 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:https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/proclamations

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2016

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 210
Date: September 3, 2016
Details:

Governor Walker issued an amended Executive Order, 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 Matthew V. Thompson.
Note that the day for flying flags at half-staff is, Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Executive Order 210 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 208
Date: July 29, 2016
Details:

Governor Scott Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in honor of the former State Representative Richard Grobschmidt who passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016.
In accordance with this order, please ensure that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff at all state facilities, beginning at sunrise on Friday, July 29, 2016, and ending at sunset on that date.

Executive Order 208 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 206
Date: July 19, 2016
Details:

Governor Scott Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who were killed and wounded on Sunday, July 17th. Beginning immediately today and ending at sunset on Friday, July 22, 2016.

Executive Order 206 Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Date: July 18, 2016 until sunset July 22, 2016
Details:

President Obama directing that flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Flags should be raised on Friday, July 22 at sunset.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE
Date: July 15, 2016
Details:

President Obama directing that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately, July 15, 2016, to honor the victims of the attack in Nice, France. Flags should be raised on Tuesday, July 19 at sunset.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 204
Date: July 18, 2016
Details:

Governor Scott Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in honor of Firefighter Mitchell Koski of the Montreal Fire Department who died while responding to the severe storms that lead to flash flooding near Saxon Harbor in northern Wisconsin Monday, July 11, 2016.

Executive Order 204 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 203
Date: July 14, 2016
Details:

Governor Scott Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Michael Ventura of the Salem Department of Public Safety who died in the line of duty last Friday, July 8, 2016.

Executive Order 203 Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN DALLAS, TEXAS
Date: July 8, 2016
Details:

President Obama directing that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attack in Dallas, TX. Flags should be raised on Tuesday, July 12 at sunset.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 201
Date: July 8, 2016 through sunset Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Details:

Governor Scott Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen Dallas law enforcement officers who were killed in action yesterday, Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Executive Order 201 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 200
Date: June 18, 2016 through sunset Thursday, June 23, 2016
Details:

Governor Scott Walker has ordered 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 Secretary Kitty Rhoades of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Executive Order 200 Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Date: June 12, 2016
Details:

President Obama directing that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attacks in Orlando, FL. Flags should be raised on Thursday, June 16 at sunset.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Prayer for permanent peace, Memorial Day, 2016
Date: May 30, 2016 until noon
Details:

President Obama directs that flags be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day until noon, at which point all flags should be raised back to full staff.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 199
Date: May 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 on Memorial Day.

Executive Order 19: Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 198
Date: May 15, 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 on Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, as a mark of respect for peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Executive Order 198: Text of Executive Order

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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