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. https://www.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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2017

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 266
Date: December 7, 2017
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 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

In accordance with the 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 Thursday, December 7, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 266 Text of Executive Order

Title: Honoring the Victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting
Date: November 5, 2017 - November 9, 2017
Details:

The President of the United States has ordered that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff nationwide, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017.

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 until sunset, November 9, 2017

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 259
Date: October 14, 2017
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 former Congressman Jerry Kleczka.

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 Saturday, October 14, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 259 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 258
Date: October 15, 2017
Details:

Governor Walker issued Executive Order #257, ordering that flags be flown at half-staff on Sunday, October 15, as a Mark of Respect for Representative Robert "Bob" Gannon.

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 Sunday, October 15, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 258 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 257
Date: October 14, 2017
Details:

Governor Walker issued Executive Order #257, ordering that flags be flown at half-staff on Saturday, October 14, for Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial Day in respect for the firefighters of this state who have given their lives in the line of duty.

In accordance with this proclamation, please ensure that flags should be flown at half-staff beginning at sunrise on Saturday, October 14, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 257 Text of Executive Order

Title: FIRE PREVENTION WEEK - 2017
Date: October 8, 2017
Details:

The President of the United States has proclaimed October 8 through October 14, 2017 as Fire Prevention Week and ordered that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff nationwide on Sunday, October 8 in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

In accordance with this proclamation, 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 on Sunday, October 8 and ending at sunset on that date.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Date: October 2, 2017 - October 6, 2017
Details:

The President of the United States has ordered that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff nationwide, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on October 1, 2017.

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 through sunset on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 256
Date: September 28, 2017
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 to honor Matthew Deicher, an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter who died in the line of duty.

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 Thursday, September 28, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 256 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 253
Date: September 11, 2017
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 to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the brave men and women in uniform who answered the subsequent call to defend our freedoms at home and abroad.
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 Monday, September 11, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 253 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 247
Date: July 8, 2017
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 former Wisconsin State Senator Ted Kanavas.
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 Saturday, July 8, 2017, and ending at sunset on that date.

Executive Order 247 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 246
Date: May 29, 2017
Details:

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.
In accordance with this order, flags should be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 29, 2017, from sunrise until noon, at which time flags should be raised back to full staff.

Executive Order 246 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 243
Date: May 15, 2017
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 243 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 241
Date: April 11, 2017
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 Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Anthony J. Borostowski.

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 immediately today and ending at sunset on the day of interment, Monday, April 17, 2017. Flags should be restored to full staff this morning, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Executive Order 241 Text of Executive Order

Title: HONORING THE MEMORY OF JOHN GLENN
Date: April 6, 2017
Details:

The President of the United States has proclaimed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff nationwide, as a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn who will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, April 6, 2017.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 237
Date: March 23, 2017
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 Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services Employee Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz.

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 immediately today and ending at sunset on the day of interment.

Executive Order 237 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 236
Date: March 23, 2017
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 Detective Sergeant Jason Weiland.

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 immediately today and ending at sunset on the day of interment.

Executive Order 236 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 234
Date: March 3, 2017
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 Firefighter Terrance E. Shafer who died in the line of duty on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

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 Friday, March 3, 2017, and ending at sunset on that date.

Executive Order 234 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 233
Date: March 4, 2017
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 former State Representative Tom Larson who passed away on February 18, 2017.

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 Saturday, March 4, 2017, and ending at sunset on that date.

Executive Order 233 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 232
Date: February 18, 2017
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 former Representative Marcel Dandeneau who passed away on February 9, 2017. A memorial service will be held for Representative Marcel Dandeneau Saturday, February 18, 2017.

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 Saturday, February 18, 2017, and ending at sunset on that date.

Executive Order 232 Text of Executive Order

2016

Title: DEATH OF JOHN GLENN
Date: December 9, 2016 until sunset Saturday, December 17, 2016
Details:

President Obama has directed that flags be lowered immediately, as a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn who passed away December 8, 2016.


Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 225
Date: December 9, 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, Friday, December 9, 2016, as a mark of respect for retired Four-Star General Robert W. Cone of the United States Army who passed away on September 19, 2016. General Robert W. Cone will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery today.

Executive Order 225 Text of Executive Order

Title: NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2016
Date: December 7, 2016
Details:

President Obama has proclaimed December 7, 2016, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin should be flown at half-staff, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, in honor of the American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 222
Date: November 7, 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, Monday, November 7, 2016, as a mark of respect for Firefighter John C. Brocker who died in the line of duty on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Executive Order 222 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 221
Date: November 4, 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, Friday, November 4, 2016, in honor of Deputy Dan Glaze of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office who died in the line of duty Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Executive Order 221 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 220
Date: October 17, 2016
Details:

Governor Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff, Monday, October 17, 2016, in honor of State Senator Rick Gudex who passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Executive Order 220 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 219
Date: October 15, 2016
Details:

Governor Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff on Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial Day, which is Saturday, October 15, 2016, in respect for the firefighters of this state who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Executive Order 219 Text of Executive Order

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 218
Date: October 15, 2016
Details:

Governor 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 Corporal Donald Ray Hendrickson of the United States Army, who lost his life while serving his country during the Korean War. Please note that the date for flying flags at half-staff is Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Executive Order 218 Text of Executive Order

Title: FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Date: October 9, 2016
Details:

President Obama has proclaimed October 9 through October 15, 2016, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 9, 2016, in accordance with Public Law 107-51, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff at all Federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: DEATH OF SHIMON PERES
Date: September 28, 2016 through sunset September 30, 2016
Details:

President Obama directing that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately, September 28, 2016 to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: National Days of Prayer and Remembrance
Date: September 11, 2016
Details:

President Obama has proclaimed Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. On Sunday, September 11, flags will be lowered to half-staff for Patriot Day. Flags will fly at half-staff for the entire day.

Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation

Title: Governor Walker Executive Order 213
Date: September 11, 2016
Details:

Governor Walker has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the brave men and women in uniform who answered the subsequent call to defend our freedoms at home and abroad.
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 Sunday, September 11, 2016, and ending at sunset on that same date.

Executive Order 213 Text of Executive Order

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