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December 7, 2023

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Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags in Observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


LANSING, Mich.—Today, in accordance with a presidential proclamation, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, December 7, 2023 to honor the 2,403 Americans who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.


“On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we remember the courage and bravery of the Americans at Pearl Harbor and honor those we lost during the attack,” said Governor Whitmer. “We owe a debt of gratitude to them and to all our veterans who made sacrifices to keep us safe.”


The State of Michigan observes Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.


To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.


Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, December 8, 2023.