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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. 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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Current and recent US and state flag lowering proclamations follow.

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Presidential Proclamation - Honoring the Victims of the Tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio
Date: August 4, 2019 - August 8, 2019
Details: The President of the United States has proclaimed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff nationwide to honor the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

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 immediately and ending at sunset on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Presidential Proclamation - Death of John Paul Stevens
Date: July 23, 2019
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 Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.

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 at sunrise Tuesday, July 23, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Governor Evers Executive Order 33
Date: July 6, 2019
Details: Today, Governor Evers issued Executive Order # 33, 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 Department of Military Affairs employee Nicholas Janz.

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 and ending at sunset on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 32
Date: June 29, 2019 - July 1, 2019
Details: Gov. Tony Evers today ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Officer Kou Her of the Milwaukee Police Department, who was tragically killed in a car crash on June 18, 2019, on his way home after completing his shift.

The order is effective beginning on Saturday, June 29, 2019, and ending at sunset on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 31
Date: June 19, 2019
Details: Today, Governor Evers issued Executive Order # 31, 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 Patrol Officer John D. Hetland.
Please ensure that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin, beginning immediately and ending at sunset on June 26, 2019.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 29 - LGBTQ Pride Month
Date: June 7, 2019 - June 30, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered that the Rainbow Pride Flag be flown over the East Wing of the State Capitol Building, beginning on Friday, June 7, 2019 and ending at sunset on June 30, 2019 in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Additionally, the Order authorizes any jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin as well as any state building to fly the Rainbow Pride Flag during the month of June, 2019 for the purposes of recognizing Pride Month.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Presidential Proclamation - Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Date:  June 1, 2019
Details: The President of the United States has proclaimed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff nationwide to honor the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In accordance with this proclamation, please ensure that the flag of the United States and the flag of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff beginning immediately and ending on June 4, 2019 at sunset.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Governor Evers Executive Order 28
Date: May 24, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff Friday, May 24, 2019, as a mark of respect for Major General Raymond A. Matera.

The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Friday, May 24, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 27
Date: May 27, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff Monday, May 27, 2019, in honor of Memorial Day.

The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Monday, May 27, 2019, and ending at noon on that date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 26
Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - Monday, May 20, 2019
Details:

Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff immediately as a mark of respect for Firefighter Mitchell F. Lundgaard of the Appleton Fire Department. 

The order is effective immediately and ends at sunset on May 20, 2019.

Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 25 - PEPIN COUNTY ONLY
Date: May 20, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff throughout PEPIN COUNTY as a mark of respect for Firefighter Kyle R. Hayden of the Durand City/Rural Fire Department. The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Monday, May 20, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 24 - Police Week
Date: Multiple Dates - Police Week
Details:

1. Order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin located in the State of Wisconsin beginning at sunrise on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and ending at sunset on that day;

2. Order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin located in the City of Madison beginning at sunrise on Friday, May 10, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date; and

3. Authorize any jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin to fly the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin at half-staff on any day during Police Week (May 12, 2019 to May 18, 2019) for the purpose of honoring in a public ceremony, peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 23 - Dane County Only
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in Dane County as a mark of respect for Officer Katherine "Katie" Barrios of the Middleton Police Department. The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Thursday, May 2, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 22
Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Former State Representative Ed Brooks. The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Monday, April 29, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.
Executive Order:  Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 21 - IOWA COUNTY ONLY
Date: April 22, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings in IOWA COUNTY as a mark of respect for Iowa County District Attorney Larry E. Nelson. 
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 10
Date: February 16, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Bryan Rodriguez, a City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works employee, who was tragically struck and killed by a vehicle while on duty on February 8, 2019. The order is effective beginning at sunrise on February 16, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Presidential Proclamation - on the Death of John David Dingell, Jr.
Date:  February 9, 2019
Details:  As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan — the longest-serving Member of Congress in our Nation’s history — I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 9, 2019.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Governor Evers Executive Order 8
Date: February 7, 2019 - February 13, 2019
Details: Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Matthew Rittner, of the Milwaukee Police Department, who died in the line of duty on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019.

The order is effective immediately and ends at sunset on the date of interment.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Walker Executive Order 319
Date: January 6, 2019
Details: Today, Governor Walker issued Executive Order #319, ordering the flags at half-staff in honor of Captain Christopher Truman of the Lake Mills Fire Department.
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 Sunday, January 6, 2019, and ending at sunset on that same date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Walker Executive Order 318
Date: January 4, 2019
Details:

Governor Scott Walker today ordered flags to half-staff on Friday, January 4, 2019, as a mark of respect for former State Senator Walter John Chilsen of Weston. Chilsen, a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, passed away on Christmas morning at the age of 95.

Chilsen represented the people of the 29th Senate District for six terms from 1967 - 1990. Following his service in the Wisconsin State Senate, Chilsen served on the Weston Town Board from 1990 - 2017.

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 January 4, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.  

Executive Order: Text of Executive Order

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