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Patriot Day

Thirteen years ago, the spirit of America ascended, amid mounds of fragmented glass, twisted steel and rubble. Remember the sacrifices made by first responders. Honor those innocent people who didn't come home to their families that night.

Show your American pride in reverence of Sept. 11, 2001 by lowering to the half-staff position on Sept. 11, 2014.


Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, May 26th, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.


Honoring Our Peace Officers

Please be reminded to display your American flag at half-staff on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in remembrance of all Federal, State, and local officers killed or disabled on the line of duty.

Peace Officers Memorial Day was established by John F. Kennedy, who signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962.


Murrah Building Victims Remembered

In honor of those individuals who were killed or injured in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, Governor Fallin has issued a proclamation ordering all United States flags and Oklahoma flags to be flown at half-staff from 5:00 pm on Friday, April 18, 2014 until 8:00 am on Monday, April 21, 2014.


Justice Rudolph Hargrave Honored

Governor Fallin has ordered that all American and Oklahoma flags on State property be flown at half-staff from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday, April 4, 2014 to honor retired Justice Rudolph Hargrave who passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


Fallen Oklahoma Soldier Found, Honored

Corporal Billy McIntyre, U.S. Army, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team was lost on December 7, 1950, near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. He was accounted for in February of 2013, and will be buried January 17th, 2014, near Carter, Oklahoma.

In honor of Corporal McIntyre's memory and service to his country, Governor Mary Fallin has issued a proclamation ordering that all American and Oklahoma flags within Oklahoma be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The governor's proclamation can be read here.


Nelson Mandela Honored

In honor of Nelson Mandela's passing, the President has issued a proclamation ordering all United States flags to be flown at half-staff from today, December 5, 2013 until dusk on Monday, December 9, 2013.


A Day of Remembrance - Pearl Harbor

According to national law, December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – a day for Americans to fly their flags at half-staff in solemn observation. At sunrise, we will join our fellow Americans in briskly hoisting our United States flag to its finial before lowering it to half-staff, where it will remain until dusk.

A look back
On December 7, 1941, "the Day that will live in Infamy" was so named following the surprise attack by Japanese bombers on U.S. Naval warships stationed at Pearl Harbor. The attack ultimately resulted in U.S. involvement in WWII.

We will honor
On this day, the lives of more than 3,000 soldiers will be remembered as we lower our flags in tribute to their sacrifice.

On the directive of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be flown at half staff on the homes of Americans, the White House, and all United States government buildings.

*NOTE for businesses not in operation over the weekend: As Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday in 2013, it is acceptable to lower the flag at dusk on Friday, December 6, and raise it again on Monday, December 9.


Flags at Half Staff in Observance of Firefighters Memorial Day on October 6, 2013

October 4-6th, 2013, the National Fallen Firefighter's Foundation will sponsor the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush approved legislation requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on all Federal buildings to memorialize fallen firefighters. Public Law 107-51 requires this action to occur annually in conjunction with observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.


Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard

Flags at half staff September 16-sunset September 20 in honor of the victims of the tragedy at the Washington Navy yard.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order 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 until sunset, September 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.


September 11th is Patriot Day

September 11, 2013 - In observance of Patriot Day, United States flags should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset to honor the memory of thousands of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America.

Patriot Day was established by Public Law on December 18, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. On 911 Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT.


Former State Representative Odilia Dank passed away at the age of 74

In her honor, Governor Mary Fallin has ordered flags be flown at half-staff Friday evening (August 23, 2013) though Monday morning (August 26, 2013).


Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Governor Mary Fallin has ordered all American and Oklahoma flags on state property in Oklahoma to be flown at half-staff upon receipt of this notification until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2013 in honor of those lost and injured by the May 19 and 20, 2013 tornadoes.


Peace Officers Memorial Day

We wish to remind you to display your American flag at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in remembrance of all Federal, State and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Peace Officers Memorial Day was established by President John F Kennedy who signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962.


Flags in Oklahoma Ordered to Half-staff

Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, has directed all American and Oklahoma flags on State property be displayed at 1/2-staff from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 to honor Specialist Charles P. McClure, an Oklahoma soldier, who died on May 2, 2013, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

View Executive Order 2013-16


Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Boston, Massachusetts

President Obama has ordered 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 until sunset, April 20, 2013, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts.


Flags in Oklahoma Ordered to Half-staff

Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, has directed all American and Oklahoma flags on State property be displayed at 1/2-staff from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to honor Staff Sergeant Rex L. Schad, an Oklahoma soldier, who died on March 11, 2013, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


Honoring the Victims of the Shooting in Newton, Conn.

President Obama has ordered the flag flown at half-staff at the White House and all federal buildings, military posts and naval stations and vessels through Dec. 18 in honor of the victims of the shooting in Newton, Conn.


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

In observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, United States flags should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, December 7, 2012 to honor more than 3500 Americans killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was established by Public Law 103-308 - August 23, 1994.


Honoring Private First Class Jon R. Townsend

Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, has directed all American and Oklahoma flags on State property be displayed at 1/2-staff from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012 to honor Private First Class Jon R. Townsend, an Oklahoma soldier, who died on September 16, 2012 while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Benghazi, Libya

As a mark of respect for Americans killed in the attack on the American Diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama has issued a proclamation for all American flags to be displayed at 1/2-staff until sunset on Friday, September 16, 2012.


September 11th is Patriot Day

September 11, 2012 - In observance of Patriot Day, United States flags should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset to honor the memory of thousands of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America.

Patriot Day was established by Public Law on December 18, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. On 911 Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 A.M. EDT.


Honoring the Memory of Neil Armstrong

August 27, 2012 - President Obama issued a proclamation ordering the lowering of flags on all public buildings and grounds to half-staff on Friday, August 31, to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong.


Honoring Victims of the Tragedy in Oak Creek, WI

August 6, 2012 - President Obama issued a proclamation ordering the immediate lowering of flags on all public buildings and grounds to half-staff until sunset on Friday, August 10, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.