Why is flag at half-staff - Archive

Archive of past notices and reasons for the half-staff flag on the Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole.

Archive of past notices and reasons for the half-staff flag on the Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole.

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Below is an archive of past posts - just for the record.  We add to this archive every year so the current notices post does not get too large.  

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Tuesday, April 20 until day of day of interment. 

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities continue to remain lowered to half-staffin honor and remembrance of former Vice President Walter Mondale. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on the day of interment.

Tuesday, April 27 - Pursuant to the attached Presidential message, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities are returned to full staff.

Editor note:  It seems Walter Mondale will not be interred until September at a memorial service.

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Friday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in honor of the victims who tragically lost their lives on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Bainbridge Island Police Officer Kurt Enget, 49, and directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Officer Enget died in the line of duty on Friday, April 10, 2020. The Governor's Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, April 9, 2021. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, April 10, 2021, or first thing Monday morning, April 12.

Tuesday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Pursuant to the attached Presidential message, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities continue to remain lowered to half-staffin honor and remembrance of Congressman Alcee Hastings, of Florida. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Friday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday, April 2nd. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Tuesday, March 23 through Saturday March 27, 2021

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in honor of the victims who tragically lost their lives on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, March 27, 2021 or first thing Monday morning, March 29, 2021. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Editor note:  This was the shooting deaths of ten people inside a supermarket by a young man with an assault rifle. 

Thursday, March 18 through Monday, March 22, 2021

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Monday, March 22, 2021. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Editor note:  This is for the racist murder of six Asian Americans this week, plus two others in the same murdering rampage.

Monday, Feb 22 through Friday, Feb 26, 2021

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in remembrance of the 500,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.  Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Monday, Jan 11 through Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across the Nation. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020

Today we raised the flag back to the top of the flagpole. As finally the military veterans are now getting the vaccine shots for the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it appropriate to raise it high.  The flag has been at half-staff for 8 months.  See below July 18 post for more info.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The flag is at half-staff in honor of U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia who died yesterday. The presidential notice for lowering today was only issued near noon today and specified only until sunset this evening, effectively half a day for the American hero and Civil Rights icon. Of course he deserves much more respect. Governor Inslee extended the half-staff respect in Washington state until Monday evening, July 20.

We have had the flag at half-staff since April 25, “... to recognize those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.” and will continue at half-staff. For these few days we can and should recognize the half-staff flag as a mark of respect and honor to John Lewis.

You can read Dick Conoboy’s April 25 article on the extended half-staff of the flag on our Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole. And another article Veterans, COVID, and a Flag at Half Staff of July 30, 2020 explains this extended half-staff flying further.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Pierce County Deputy Cooper Dyson, 25, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Monday, December 30, 2019. Deputy Dyson died in the line of duty when his patrol car crashed while on his way to back up other officers on an urgent domestic violence call.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Saturday, December 7, 2019, for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was created by Congress in 1994 in honor of those Americans killed or injured as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Wednesday, November 20

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Michael Knapp, Interim Police Chief for Lynden, Washington, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Interim Police Chief Knapp, 79, passed away on November 6, 2019, from injuries sustained when he was struck by a truck.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Christian Johnson, Assistant Fire Chief for Okanogan County Fire District #3, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Assistant Fire Chief Johnson, 55, passed away on October 2, 2019, from injuries sustained in the Spring Coulee Fire, south of Okanogan.

Thursday, October 17

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Acting Governor Habib hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland, who passed from complications concerning long-standing health challenges.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday, October 18, 2019.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Acting Governor Habib hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Sunday, October 6, 2019, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. This is pursuit to the communication received from the White House late Friday afternoon.

The flag is at half staff today and through Thursday until sunset. This is “in memory of the victims of the tragedy in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.” These are the two mass shooting deaths of 31 people and wounding of many others. The official presidential words - in double quotes - are vague.

Saturday, September 14

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Sergeant First Class Dustin B. Ard, 31, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Sgt. 1st Class Ard died from wounds sustained during combat operations in Afghanistan on August 29, 2019.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, Acting Governor Cyrus Habib hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in memory of the victims of the tragedy in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Tuesday, July 23

The flag is at half mast today in memory of Retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Paul Stevens. Retired Associate Justice Stevens passed away on July 16 from complications of a stroke at the age of 99.

Monday and Tuesday, June 3 & 4, 2019

Flags are lowered to half-staff in memory of the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is the shooting deaths of 12 people and shooting injuries to several other people at the Municipal Center of this community.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day the flag is at half-staff from 8 am until noon, when it is briskly raised back to the top. This day is for rememberance of our armed service members who have died in battle or the line of duty. It originated in the Civil War times and was known as Decoration Day, with the decoration of soldiers graves with flowers and small flags. This custom continues. Raising it at noon symbolizes a continuing future for our country because of their sacrifice. This is one of five days each year that the flag is scheduled for display at half-mast.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Peace Officers Memorial Day. Each May 15, across the United States we lower the flag to half-staff to honor law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. This is one of five days each year that the flag is scheduled for half-mast display.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Today is the funeral for Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier who was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 13. Cowlitz County is on the Columbia River near Portland. This is the first time in the 165-year history of the county that a deputy has been killed. His alleged killer was a serial criminal who was in and out of jail and known to be violent. At the time of his death, DeRosier had been investigating an RV trailer that was partially blocking a remote, forested road. This Seattle Times article has the full story.

The above April 24, 2019 post was first here on NW Citizen as the Fairhaven.com website was no longer available for me to post notices on.  

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