Lansing, MI - Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan beginning immediately on Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22 to honor the life and service of Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, and retired U.S. Army General.
“Colin Powell was a true leader on every level and inspired those around him to serve others with fidelity and humility,” said Governor Whitmer. “By lowering the flags, we recognize his statesmanship and legacy of service in various national security and diplomacy roles across four presidencies. We will be forever indebted to him for his contributions to our nation.”
Colin Powell was born in New York City, and served in uniform and in government under four presidents over the course of several decades. He was the first Black Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State and was influential in shaping American defense and foreign policy.
Powell passed away on Monday, October 18 at the age of 84 years old.
The State of Michigan recognizes the leadership, determination and dedication of Powell by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Saturday, October 23, unless otherwise notified.