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By: John Servais (20)

Why is flag at half-staff?

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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.

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This article 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 annual scheduled days of remembrance, or a day or days when the President or Governor directs flags to half-staff, as for 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 and now operates as a committee of the Historic Fairhaven Association. 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

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

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.

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

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About John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]

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