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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, May 25, 2015 This is to advise you that Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to NOON on Monday, May 25, 2015. This action 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. 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; Deputy Secretary Peter Fosselman at peter.fosselman@maryland.gov. Thank you

Friday, May 15, 2015 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 Friday, May 15, 2015 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 at 410-974-5521. Thank you, John Wobensmith Secretary of State

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 This is to advise you that President Barack Obama has ordered the United States Flag to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday April 15, 2015 for a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. Therefore, Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. has ordered the Maryland State Flag to also be flown at half-staff on Wednesday April 15, 2015.

Monday, January 05, 2015 This is to advise you that Governor Martin O’Malley has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag to be flown at half-staff on Monday, January 5th, 2014, from sunrise to sunset. This is in memory of Sergeant Major Wardell Turner, of Nanticoke, MD, who died on November, 24th, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan. 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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 This is to advise you that Governor Martin O'Malley has ordered the Maryland State Flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. This is in honor of Corporal Jamel L. Clagett, Badge 447, a veteran of the Sherriff's Office, Charles County, Maryland. Corporal Clagett died on December 21, 2014 as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty. This action is taken under the Protocol for the 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.