Why is flag at half-staff?

Old Glory is flying at half-staff on flagpoles today. We explain why our national flag is lowered.

Old Glory is flying at half-staff on flagpoles today. We explain why our national flag is lowered.

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Thur, Aug 11

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Spokane Valley Firefighter Dan Patterson, 53, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Friday, August 12, 2022. Firefighter Patterson died in the line of duty on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday, August 12, 2022. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.


This notice will appear on the days when the Stars and Stripes are lowered to half-staff in our communities. This is either one of the five annually scheduled days of remembrance, or a day/days when the president or governor requests flags fly at half-staff because of a national tragedy, the death of a former president, or other officially notable death.

The Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole

Some of the owners and writers of NWCitizen, along with several community members, are responsible for the raising and lowering of Old Glory on the Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole, the 100-foot pole in front of the Fairhaven Library. The pole and flag are managed by a group of military service veterans and citizens who share the mission of honoring those from our community who have served and died in past wars and conflicts. The group includes members who installed the flagpole in 1987. We periodically receive non-mandatory notices from the governor’s office to lower the flag to half-staff and we follow these notices; presidential notices are repeated by the governor. We also fly the flag at half-staff on five annual remembrance days: Police Officers Memorial Day on May 15; Memorial Day on the last Monday of May; Patriot Day on September 11; Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day on the first Sunday of October; and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7. Our group welcomes interested persons - military veterans or non-vets - to inquire about joining us in maintaining Fairhaven’s Old Glory. Email to: john@nwhouse.com


Recent half-staff days

Wed, Aug 3

Pursuant to the attached White House notification and 4 USC 7 (m), Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff, in honor and remembrance of U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski from Indiana. Flags should remain at half-staff until midnight on Thursday, August 4, 2022, or first thing Friday morning, August 5, 2022.  Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Friday, July 8

Pursuant to the attached Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities remain lowered to half-staff, in honor and remembrance of former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Sunday, July 10, 2022, or first thing Monday morning, July 11. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Tuesday, July 5

Pursuant to the attached 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 and remembrance of the victims who tragically lost their lives on July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, July 9, 2022, or first thing Monday morning, July 11.  Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Tuesday, May 24 thru Monday noon, May 30, 2022

Pursuant to the attached Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, (May 24) in honor and remembrance of the victims who tragically lost their lives on May 24, 2022, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.  Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022, or first thing Tuesday morning, May 31.

Governor Inslee also hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 30, 2022, in recognition of Memorial Day. This federal holiday is in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Flags should remain at half-staff until noon on Monday, May 30, 2022, or first thing Tuesday morning, May 31.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

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An archive of earlier half-staff notices and reasons is maintained here

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