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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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2017

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

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