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Flying Maryland's Flag at Half Staff - Date & Commemoration


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Date Commemoration
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In response to inquiries we have received, the Office of the Secretary of State would like to explain the recent implementation of Public Law 110-41. This federal law authorizes the Governor of a State to order that the U.S. flag be flown at half staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that State who dies while serving on active duty. To further honor the sacrifice of this individual, the Governor has ordered both the United States Flag and the Maryland State Flag flown at half staff.

State Flag Protocol

Monday, December 07, 2015 President Barack Obama and Governor Larry Hogan have ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag to be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 7, 2015 in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This action is in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor. This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.

Monday, December 07, 2015 President Barack Obama has ordered the United States Flag and Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the Maryland State Flag to be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 7, 2015 until 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015 in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This action is in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor. This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.

Thursday, December 03, 2015 As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, by the authority vested in President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, President Barack Obama hereby orders that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions through December 7, 2015. As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag is lowered to half-staff as well, no flag may be higher than the United States flag. This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sunday, November 15, 2015 This is to advise you that President Barack Obama has ordered the United States Flag be lowered to half-staff effective IMMEDIATELY, from November 15, 2015 thru November 19, 2015. The flag may be raised to full staff at sunset on November 19, 2015. As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag is lowered to half-staff as well, no flag may be higher than the United States flag. This action honors the victims of the attack in Paris, France. This action is taken under the Presidential Proclamation. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Display the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag Pursuant with President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation to display the United States Flag on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, Governor Larry Hogan has ordered that the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag be flown at full staff on November 11, 2015 in recognition of the valor and sacrifice of our veterans. This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.

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This action is taken under the Protocol for the Maryland State Flag. Any question on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State at 410-974-5521.

Questions regarding these matters should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.


General Information
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The Maryland flag should be flown at half-staff:

  • Whenever the U.S. flag is so flown;
  • When so ordered by county and municipal government officials on all property under their jurisdiction; and
  • On Memorial Day, when the U.S. flag and Maryland flag are displayed at half-staff until noon only; then they are hoisted to the top of the staff.