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In keeping with appropriate flag etiquette and U.S. Code, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton may order the state flag to be flown at half-staff. He may also order the national flag to be flown at half-staff on state property only. A state flag on state property is required by law to be flown at half-staff if the national flag is flown at half-staff.

To preserve the integrity and special significance of lowering the flag, the Governor's office will only issue proclamations to lower flags to half-staff under very limited circumstances.

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Recent Flags at Half Staff

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  • Immortal Four Chaplains Day
    February 03, 2016 - Governor Dayton orders all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags be flown flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, February 03, 2016 in honor of Immortal Four Chaplains Day.
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    December 07, 2015 - Governor Dayton orders all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags be flown flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Monday, December 7, 2015 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
  • Governor Dayton honors victims of San Bernardino, California tragedy
    December 03, 2015 - Governor Mark Dayton orders all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota immediately through Monday, December 7, 2015, in memory of the victims of the San Bernardino, California tragedy.
  • Governor Dayton honors victims of Paris attacks
    November 17, 2015 - Governor Dayton orders all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota immediately, until sunset on Thursday, November 19.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Deputy Steven Sandberg
    October 22, 2015 - In honor and remembrance of Deputy Steven Sandberg, who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday, October 18, 2015, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Friday, October 23, 2015.
  • Honoring Victims of Roseburg, Oregon Tragedy
    October 05, 2015 - In accordance with the proclamation issued by President Barack Obama, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota on Tuesday, October 6, sunrise to sunset, in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon.
  • National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day
    September 27, 2015 - In honor of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
  • Governor Dayton Honors St. Paul Firefighter Shane Clifton
    September 08, 2015 - In honor and remembrance of St. Paul Firefighter Shane Clifton, who died suddenly from a heart attack while on duty at St. Paul Fire Station #14 on August 31, 2015, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
  • Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Remembrance
    September 08, 2015 - In observance of the fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Friday, September 11, 2015.
  • Governor Dayton Honors the Victims of the Tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    July 21, 2015 - In accordance with the proclamation issued today by President Barack Obama, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from now until sunset on Saturday, July 25, in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Memorial Day
    May 25, 2015 - In accordance with the proclamation issued today by President Barack Obama, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 25, in honor of those who have served on our behalf this Memorial Day.
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day
    May 15, 2015 - President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since. On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the over 10,000 law enforcement officers who serve in Minnesota’s 446 law enforcement agencies, for their dedication and service to our communities. Governor Dayton has also ordered all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2015, in honor and remembrance of Peace Officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
  • Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln
    April 14, 2015 - In honor and remembrance of President Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of Federal Government throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Governor Dayton has also ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from now until sunset on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, as a mark of respect for the memory of President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    December 07, 2014 - In honor and remembrance of those who died during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and those who sacrificed their lives for our liberty and freedom during World War II, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, December 7.
  • Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day
    September 28, 2014 - In honor of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
  • Patriot Day and a Day of Service and Remembrance
    September 08, 2014 - In observance of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Dayton has ordered that all United States and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset, on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
  • UPDATED: Memorial Day
    May 26, 2014 - In deference to the proclamation issued this afternoon by President Barack Obama, Governor Mark Dayton has revised his Memorial Day proclamation. The Governor's revised proclamation orders all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 26, 2014, in honor of those who have served on our behalf.
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day
    May 15, 2014 - Governor Dayton has also ordered all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, May 15, 2013, in honor and remembrance of Peace Officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Lance Corporal Caleb Erickson
    March 10, 2014 - In honor and remembrance of Lance Corporal Caleb L. Erickson, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Monday, March 10, 2014.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Immortal Four Chaplains Day
    February 03, 2014 - In observance of the 71st Anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland, Governor Mark Dayton will order all U.S. Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Monday, February 3, 2014.
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    December 07, 2013 - In honor and remembrance of those who died during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and those who sacrificed their lives for our liberty and freedom during World War II, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
  • In Honor and Remembrance of Nelson Mandela
    December 06, 2013 - In honor and remembrance of Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of Federal Government throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 9, 2013. Governor Dayton has also ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from now until sunset, December 9,  2013, as a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Corporal Harold A. Evans
    October 11, 2013 - Corporal Harold A. Evans' remains were recovered from North Korea, along with those of many other service members, in the early 1990s, and identified in September 2013. His internment with full military honors will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Greenwood Cemetery, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. In honor and remembrance of Corporal Harold A. Evans, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
  • Governor Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day
    September 27, 2013 - In honor and remembrance of Minnesotan firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, September 29, 2013 “Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day,” and ordering all flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Justice Rosalie Wahl
    September 21, 2013 - In honor and remembrance of Justice Rosalie Wahl, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Victims of Shooting at the Washington Navy Yard
    September 17, 2013 - As a sign of respect for the victims of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. on September 16, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota from today, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, until sunset on Friday, September 20, 2013.
  • Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Rememberance
    September 11, 2013 - In observance of the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
  • Law Enforcement Memorial Day in Minnesota
    May 15, 2013 - Governor Dayton has also ordered all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in honor and remembrance of Peace Officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing
    April 16, 2013 - As a sign of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence that was committed against innocent men, women, and children in Boston, Massachusetts, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota from today, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, until sunset on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in memory of the victims of this tragedy.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Police Officer Josh Lynaugh
    February 20, 2013 - In honor and remembrance of Police Officer Josh Lynaugh, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset, on Friday, February 22, 2013.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Immortal Four Chaplains Day
    February 01, 2013 - In observance of the 70th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland, Governor Mark Dayton will order all U.S. Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Police Officer Thomas Decker
    December 04, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Police Officer Thomas “Tommy” Decker, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Lance Corporal Dale W. Means
    November 27, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Marine Lance Corporal Dale W. Means, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
  • National Fallen Fighters Memorial Service
    September 30, 2012 - In honor of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, September 30, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Sergeant Kyle B Osborn
    September 29, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Sergeant Kyle B. Osborn, Governor Mark Dayton orders all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
  • Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of 9/11 in Minnesota
    September 10, 2012 - In observance of the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
  • Governor Mark Dayton Commemorates the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
    August 16, 2012 - In commemoration of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on August 17, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Wisconsin Temple Victims and Families
    August 09, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of the victims of the August 5 shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and their families, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Friday, August 10, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Lives Lost, Survivors in I-35W Bridge Collapse
    July 31, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of the lives lost in the Interstate 35W bridge collapse five years ago, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Aurora Victims and Families
    July 21, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of the victims of the July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colorado and their families, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Marine Corporal Taylor J. Baune
    June 22, 2012 - St. Paul – In honor and remembrance of Marine Corporal Taylor J. Baune, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Monday, June 25, 2012, the day of Corporal Baune’s interment.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Army Specialist Kedith L. Jacobs
    June 19, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Army Specialist Kedith L. Jacobs, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the day of Specialist Jacobs interment.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Lieutenant William E. Swanson
    June 11, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Navy Lieutenant William E. Swanson, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Sergeant Nicholas M. Dickhut
    May 07, 2012 - St. Paul – In honor and remembrance of Army Sergeant Nicholas M. Dickhut, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the day of Sergeant Dickhut’s interment.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Senator Gary Kubly
    March 06, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Minnesota State Senator Gary Kubly, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Wednesday, March 7, 2012 “Gary Kubly Day” and has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Immortal Four Chaplains Day
    February 01, 2012 - In observance of the 69th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland, Governor Mark Dayton will order all U.S. Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Friday, February 3, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Michael "Mike" Colalillo
    January 06, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Michael "Mike" Colalillo, the last living Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Police Officer Shawn Schneider
    January 06, 2012 - In honor and remembrance of Police Officer Shawn Schneider, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
  • Governor Dayton Honors Army Chief Warrant Officer Lucas Daniel Sigfrid
    December 21, 2011 - St. Paul – In honor and remembrance of Army Chief Warrant Officer II Lucas Daniel Sigfrid, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, December 22, 2011.
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Minnesota
    December 06, 2011 - Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Wednesday, December 7, 2011, as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Minnesota, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the more than 2,400 Americans who lost their lives in these attacks.
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