LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido on Thursday called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lower U.S. and Michigan flags to half-staff throughout the state in honor of residents who have died from COVID-19.
“More than 1,000 of our fellow Michiganders have fallen in the war against COVID-19,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “This is a global fight the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetimes. We are all joined together in this fight and it only makes sense that we formally honor the lives of those who have been lost in battle and their families. That is why I am calling on our governor to lower U.S. and Michigan flags throughout our state until this crisis ends in our victory.”
Under Executive Order 10 of 2013 relating to flag honors in Michigan, the governor has broad authority to lower flags to half-staff on state buildings and properties. Traditionally, such orders have encouraged Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations to also display the flag at half-staff.
When flown at half-staff, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.