Half-Staff Alert for Sept 8, 2015
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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in honor of former State Rep. Vera Rison, who died Monday, Aug. 31.

“Vera dedicated her life to public service and was greatly respected throughout Flint and Genesee County,” Snyder said. “She was worked hard to provide a better quality of life for all people, especially those who were struggling. I thank her for her years of service and send my condolences to her family, friends and community.”

Rison, 76, served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, from 1996 to 2002, representing Genesee County. She was previously a member of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners where she served as chair of the Human Services Committee. She also worked with Genesee County Community Mental Health, Genesee County Substance Abuse Services, Jobs Central Workforce Development Boards and was a member of the 9th Congressional Democratic Black Caucus.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 until the funeral ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Both the visitation and ceremony will take place at the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church at 1035 E. Carpenter Rd. in Flint.

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 Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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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