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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.

The Department of Military Affairs displays these orders as a courtesy resource to the public. We do not own the content that is produced by the White House nor the Governor's Office and are not involved in the decision-making process on when flags should or should not be lowered.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Presidential Proclamations or Executive Orders, please contact the White House or the Office of the Governor.

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://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30243.pdf

 

Updates regarding Presidential Proclamations can be found at the White House website: 
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Governor Evers Executive Order 109
Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2021.
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Gov. Evers Orders lowering the flags to half-staff in memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have been lost to COVID-19—including over 6000 Wisconsinites.
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #109 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff, in memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have been lost to COVID-19—including 6284 Wisconsinites, Governor Evers hereby orders all flags to be flown at half-staff beginning today at sunrise until sunset on February 26, 2021.
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Presidential Proclamation - REMEMBERING THE 500,000 AMERICANS LOST TO COVID-19
Date: February 22, 2021
Details: In memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have been lost to COVID-19—including over 6000 Wisconsinites—and consistent with the attached proclamation signed by President Biden, Governor Evers hereby orders all flags to be flown at half-staff beginning tomorrow at sunrise. Flags will fly at half-staff until sunset on February 26, 2021.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Governor Evers Executive Order 107
Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2021.
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Gov. Evers Orders lowering the flags to half-staff for Fire Inspector David Jerald Tomlinson of the Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #107 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff for Fire Inspector David Jerald Tomlinson of the Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department. Flags are to be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Friday, February 12, 2021.
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Governor Evers Executive Order 102
Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2021
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #102 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson on Tues., Jan. 5, 2021. Chief Justice Abrahamson passed away on Dec. 19, 2020 at the age of 87. 

“Chief Justice Abrahamson was a first—the first woman to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the first woman to serve as chief justice. Yet, her legacy is defined not just by being a first, but her life’s work of ensuring she would not be the last, paving and lighting the way for the many women and others who would come after her,” said Gov. Evers in a statement at the time of her passing. “We are thinking of Chief Justice Abrahamson’s family and friends, and we join the people of Wisconsin in mourning the loss of one of our state’s most extraordinary public servants and honoring her legacy.” 

Private memorial services will be held on January 5. Executive Order #102 is in effect from sunrise to sunset on Tues., Jan. 5, 2021, and is available here
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Governor Evers Executive Order 101
Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2020
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fire Chief Donald Edwin Kittelson of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #101 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of Fire Chief Donald Edwin Kittelson of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department who passed away Dec. 17, 2020, after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. 

“Fire Chief Kittelson served the Clayton community for more than 34 years years. A third-generation firefighter, he was a pillar of his community and a mentor to many, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for firefighting with the next generation,” said Gov. Evers. “Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with his family, loved ones, the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, and the entire Clayton community as they grapple with this loss.” 

Executive Order #101 is in effect from sunrise to sunset on Sat., Jan. 2, 2021, and is available here
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Governor Evers Executive Order 98
Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2020
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Capt. Durwood "Hawk" Jones of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #98 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Capt. Durwood "Hawk" Jones. Capt. Jones was a pilot with the 115th Fighter Wing out of Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison and passed away on Tues., Dec. 8, 2020 while participating in a routine training mission in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The cause of the crash is under investigation.  

“Capt. Jones was a decorated combat veteran, a selfless hero serving both at home and abroad, and a caring father, husband, and son,” said Gov. Evers. “Our hearts break for his wife and kids and his family, and Kathy and I join the people of our state in offering our condolences. We will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. We're thinking of all of Capt. Jones' loved ones and his fellow service members in the 115th Fighter Wing and the Wisconsin National Guard.”

Executive Order #98 is effective at sunrise on Dec. 12, 2020, until sunset on Dec. 18, 2020, and is available here
Governor Evers Executive Order 97
Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2020
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Gov. Evers Order Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #97 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Mon., Dec. 7, 2020 on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu took the lives of 2,403 Americans and injured 1,178 more. 

“The attack on Pearl Harbor was a turning point not only for World War II but for our country, deeply impacting Americans across our state and nation,” said Gov. Evers. “Each year, Wisconsin remembers the bravery and sacrifice demonstrated by Americans on O'ahu that day, and honors the enduring legacy of our veterans, including the more than 5,800 World War II veterans currently living in Wisconsin, who fought to preserve and defend the freedoms and quality of life enjoyed by folks across our country today.” 


Executive order #97 is effective from sunrise to sunset on Mon., Dec. 7, 2020, and can be found here
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Governor Evers Executive Order 96
Office of Governor Tony Evers

  

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Cpt. Kelly Lynn Raether of Ixonia Fire & EMS
 
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #96 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of Cpt. Kelly Lynn Raether of the Town of Ixonia Fire & EMS. Raether passed away on Nov. 26, 2020 after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty as she responded to the emergency medical needs of a COVID-19 patient. 

“Cpt. Raether served her community every day with astounding courage and selflessness, putting her health and safety on the line, even during a global pandemic, to help others,” said Gov. Evers. “This is a devastating loss and we send our deepest condolences to Capt. Raether’s family and the Ixonicommunity. While our first responders are always prepared to run towards danger, let this be a reminder to all of us how critical our actions are in helping to keep them safe during this pandemic.” 

In addition to serving her community as an emergency medicine technician for 15 years, Raether was a professor of nursing, teaching the next generation of healthcare providers. 

Executive order #96 is effective immediately and ends at sunset on Sat., Dec. 5, 2020, and can be found here
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Governor Evers Executive Order 93
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020  
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 State Representative Dr. Jacob ("Doc") Albert Hines  
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 92
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
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 Marine Sgt. Duane 0. Cole of the United States Marine Corps Who Lost His Life in World War II
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
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