Flags to be lowered Sunday for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Everyday across Delaware, thousands of firefighters serve their communities and protect the public by responding to not only fires but almost any emergency situation. Sunday, October 4 has been recognized by Congress as the day US and State flags are to be flown at half-staff in recognition of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. Governor Carney requests those state facilities staffed on that day to participate in this observance.


Update – Flag Lowering for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Please note the following update regarding the current flag lowering for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The interment for Justice Ginsburg is scheduled for tomorrow, September 29. Accordingly, all flags are to be returned to full staff at the close of business tomorrow, September 29.


Flags to be Lowered for Passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Per US flag Code, both the US and Delaware flags are to be lowered to half staff due to the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The US Flag Code requires flags to remain at half-staff until the day of Justice Ginsburg’s interment. As that date has not yet been determined, subsequent notification will be sent to advise when flags are to returned to full staff.


Reminder: POW/MIA Flags to be Flown at State Facilities on September 18

Title 29, Section 408 of the Delaware Code requires Delaware State agencies, including all public schools, to display a POW/MIA flag on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the third Friday in September.

Section 408 reads as follows:

Ҥ408 Display of POW/MIA flag.

State agencies, including all public schools, shall cause a POW/MIA flag to be displayed out of doors (weather permitting) on its installation, grounds or campus at each location on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This section shall apply only where public buildings, including school buildings are equipped with flagpoles.”

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is scheduled for this Friday, September 18.


Flags to be Lowered September 11 in Observance of Patriot Day

By a joint resolution approved by Congress on 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) September 11th of each year has been designated as “Patriot Day”. This law also directs flags be lowered to half-staff on September 11th.

In concurrence with this joint resolution, Governor Carney has ordered the U. S. and Delaware flags be flown at half-staff beginning at the start of business tomorrow, Sept 11, 2020. Flags should be returned to full staff at the close of business that evening.