Lansing, MI - Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan to lower to half-staff on Sunday, October 3rd in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service and to pay respects to the brave firefighters and first responders who risk their lives to protect Americans.
“Our nation’s fallen firefighters and first responders will forever be remembered for their selflessness and dedication, especially those who served throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The bravery of these heroes is part of what makes our nation so great. My heart goes out to the loved ones of these fallen heroes as we remember their lives and legacies.”
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and selfless service of these fallen firefighters 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 return to full-staff on Monday, October 4.