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


  The Maryland flag is flying at full staff.

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, May 30, 2016 Pursuant to President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation, Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag flown at half-staff from sunrise to NOON on Monday, May 30, 2016. This is in honor of Memorial Day, in memory of the brave Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom and security of our Nation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 In order to serve you better, the Office of the Secretary of State has created a Facebook Page as another means of providing you updated information on the U.S. and the Maryland flag status. Please visit and Like our new Facebook Page www.facebook.com/mdsecretaryofstate Thank you!

Sunday, May 15, 2016 In accordance with President Obama’s proclamation, Governor Larry J. Hogan has ordered the United States Flag and the Maryland State Flag be flown at half-staff on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from sunrise to sunset in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. 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.

Friday, May 06, 2016 This is to advise you that Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the Maryland State Flag be lowered to half-staff effective at sunrise, Friday, May 6, 2016 and returned to full-staff at sunset, Friday, May 6, 2016. This is in honor of Fallen Heroes who have lost their lives in service to our State during the last year.

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.

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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
[flags flying at half staff]

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.