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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://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/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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Current and recent US and state flag lowering proclamations follow.

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Governor Evers Executive Order 81
Date: Saturday, July 25, 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 Army Cpl. Francis J. Rochon of the United States Army Who Lost His Life in the Korean War
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Presidential Proclamation - on the Death of John Lewis
Date: July 18, 2020
Details: As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service of Representative John Lewis, of Georgia, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions through July 18, 2020.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Governor Evers Executive Order 79 - Juneteenth Flag
Date: June 19, 2020
Details: Relating to a proclamation that the Juneteenth Flag be flown over the East Wing of the State Capitol Building. Juneteenth Day remembers and honors June 19, 1865, as the end to slavery in the United States.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 78 - Rainbow Pride Flag
Date: June 5 - 30, 2020
Details: Order that the Rainbow Pride Flag shall be flown over the East Wing ofthe State Capitol Building, beginning on Friday, June 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. and ending at sunset on June 30, 2020.

The order also authorizes state buildings and any jurisdiction within the State of Wisconsin to fly the Rainbow Pride Flag during the month of June 2020, for the purposes of recognizing Pride Month.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 77
Date: May 25, 2020
Details: Governor Evers signed Executive Order #77, 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 Memorial Day.

In accordance with this order, please ensure that the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin, beginning at sunrise on Monday, May 25, 2020, and ending at 12:00 PM CDT on that date.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Presidential Proclamation - Honoring the Victims of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
Date: May 22, 2020 - May 24, 2020
Details: The President of the United States has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff out of respect for the victims of COVID-19 pandemic.

The United States flag and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations starting immediately and ending at sunset on May 24, 2020.
Presidential Proclamation: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Governor Evers Executive Order 76
Date: May 15, 2020
Details: Today, Governor Evers issued Executive Order #76, 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 Peace Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Please ensure that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin beginning at sunrise on Friday, May 15, 2020, and ending at sunset on that day.

Additionally, the order authorizes any jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin to fly the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin at half- staff on any day during Police Week (May 10, 2020 to May 16, 2020) for the purpose of honoring in a public ceremony, peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 71
Date: February 27, 2020
Details: Gov. Tony Evers today ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff, beginning immediately and ending at sunset on Thursday, February 27, in honor of the victims of the mass shooting at the Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order
Governor Evers Executive Order 70
Date: February 8, 2020
Details: Today, Governor Evers issued Executive Order # 70, 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 Darrin Jones.

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 and ending at sunset on February 8, 2020.
Executive Order: Text of Executive Order

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