Indiana & Michigan Governors order flags half-staff for Memorial Day

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities across Indiana to be flown at half-staff Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

The governor’s office says flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon Monday.

Pence also is asking businesses and state residents to lower their flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives defending the nation.

Pence is scheduled to offer remarks Monday during a Memorial Day service at Hoosier Patriot Memorial in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has also joined President Barack Obama’s call for all U.S. flags to be lowered on Monday. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to follow suit.

Snyder says in a statement that there is time to spend with family and friends as well as “honor those Americans who have given their lives in defense of our nation.”

How well do you know flag etiquette? Below is information from the flag etiquette website

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

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