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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, April 25, 2016 This is to advise you that Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the Maryland State Flag be lowered to half-staff effective at sunrise, Monday, April 25, 2016 and returned to full-staff at sunset, Monday, April 25, 2016. This is in honor of Nathaniel Henry McDavitt, who was a United States Air Force Airman from Maryland that died on April 15, 2016.

Monday, April 18, 2016 This is to advise you that Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the Maryland State Flag be lowered to half-staff effective immediately and returned to full-staff at sunset, on Wednesday April 20, 2016. This is in honor of Prince George's County Firefighter John Ulmschneider, who died in the line of duty on April 15, 2016.

Friday, March 25, 2016 A Presidential Proclamation recently went out to lower the United States Flag to half-staff for the victims of the senseless acts of violence in Belgium. The United States Flag will be raised at sunset, Saturday, March 26, 2016. The Maryland State Flag will remain at half-staff until sunset, Monday, March 28, 2016, in honor of Prince George’s County Police Officer Jacai Colson.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, by the authority vested in the President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, President Barack Obama has ordered the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff effective immediately, March 22, 2016 and returned to full-staff at sunset, March 26, 2016. 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.

Monday, March 14, 2016 This is to advise you that Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the Maryland State Flag be lowered to half-staff effective at sunrise, Monday, March 14, 2016 and returned to full staff at sunset on the day of interment. This is in honor of Prince George’s County Police Officer Jacai Colson, who died in the line of duty on March 13, 2016.

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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.