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:

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.


Updates regarding Presidential Proclamations can be found at the White House website:

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