Flags to be lowered for Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

President Trump today ordered United States flags at all U.S. government buildings and facilities be flown at half-staff immediately in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland. In concurrence with the President’s order, Gov. Carney has ordered the United States and Delaware flags at state buildings also be flown at half-staff. Flags are to be returned to full staff at the close of business on Friday, October 18.


Flags to be lowered for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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 6 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 Service (to be held on Sunday) . Governor Carney requests those state facilities staffed on that day to participate in this observance.


UPDATE – Flag lowering for Friday, September 20

Previous guidance issued this morning provided for the U.S. and Delaware flags to be flown at half staff Friday, September 20 to mark the passing of former Public Defender Larry Sullivan.

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. As National POW/MIA Recognition Day is also scheduled for September 20, the POW/MIA flag are also to be flown on September 20. As with the U.S. and Delaware flags, the POW/MIA flag should be flown at half staff on that day.


Flag lowering for former Public Defender Larry Sullivan

Governor Carney has ordered the U.S. and Delaware flags lowered to half-staff beginning the morning of Friday, September 20, in remembrance of former Chief Public Defender Larry Sullivan.

Mr. Sullivan was appointed as the Chief Public Defender in 1970, serving 39 years when he retired in 2009. Under his direction, the Office of the Public Defender grew from 10 employees to a full-service law firm employing nearly 150 people and 70 attorneys.

Flags should be returned to full-staff at the close of business on Friday, September 20.


Flags to be lowered Wed. Sept 11 for Patriot Day

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

In concurrence with this directive, Governor Carney has ordered the U. S. and Delaware flags be flown at half staff beginning at the start of business tomorrow, Sept 11, 2019. Flags should be returned to full staff the start of business Thursday, Sept 12, 2019