Half-Staff Alert for Sept 3, 2015
Michigan Only


LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 3, in honor of former state Rep. Mary Lou Parks, who died Sunday, Aug. 23.

“Rep. Parks spent much of her life working in public service and I thank her for her time spent serving the people of Detroit,” Snyder said. “I send my condolences to her family, friends and community.”

Parks served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, from 1993-1998, representing the Third District. During her time in office she served as chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. Over the course of her political career, Parks worked as an aide to Gov. James Blanchard and Wayne County Commissioner Ricardo Solomon. She also served as Democratic Party Chair for the 13th Congressional District. Parks attended Wayne State University.

The funeral ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m., at the east campus of Triumph Church at 2760 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, Sept. 4.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.






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