Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday, May 15 in recognition of Peace Officer Memorial Day during Police Week.
“Today, we honor the memory of dedicated public safety officials who we have lost in the line of duty,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “As a former prosecutor, public safety is a core issue for me, and we owe the fallen men and women who served our communities a debt that we cannot pay back. Let’s also thank the brave peace officers who keep us all safe every day for their service.”
Peace Officers Memorial Day falls within National Police Week, which was established by Congress in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and is observed from Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21 of this year.
The State of Michigan honors Peace Officer Memorial Day by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
In accordance with a separate proclamation issued by President Biden, U.S. and Michigan flags should be lowered throughout the state from today, May 12 through Monday, May 16 to honor the one million lives lost to COVID-19.
Flags should return to full staff on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.