LANSING—In honor of fallen Michigan servicemen and women, Michigan’s governor can order the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff throughout the state – an honor only granted around ten times per year.
Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan families to sign up for an email service to notify residents when Gov. Rick Snyder has made a half-staff order. Residents can sign up for the service at www.michigan.gov and clicking on “Half-staff Flag Alerts” on the right sidebar.
“The United States flag is a living symbol of American liberty and spirit and flying it at half-staff is one of the greatest tributes we can offer to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage all Southwest Michigan families to sign up for this simple service so that they can participate in honoring our fallen heroes.”
Proos also encouraged residents to follow the U.S. Flag Code while displaying the flag. For information on the code and flag etiquette, residents can visit www.AmericanFlags.org.
“Please give homage to the flag while also properly caring for it, including retiring the flag with dignity if it is worn or tattered,” Proos said. “People with flags that are too worn to continue service can contact the Boy Scouts or their local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion post. They often provide flag retirement services.
“For residents who want to buy a flag or need to replace a retired one, flags that have been flown over the Michigan Capitol are available through my office.”
Residents can order 3 feet by 5 feet U.S. or Michigan flags at manufacturer prices by calling Proos’ Senate office at 517-373-6960 or by emailing SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov.
Editor’s Note – The above photo is available by visiting Proos’ webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.