Half-Staff Alert - February 2, 2019
For Michigan Only
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags
within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to
half-staff on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, to honor the service of fallen Army Cpl.
Cole Wixom and coincide with his military funeral.
“The decision to join our armed services is the greatest
act of patriotism a citizen can make,” Whitmer said. “Our state and our nation
will forever be indebted to Cpl. Wixom as we owe our freedom to his courageous
actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult
A native of West Michigan, Cpl. Cole Wixom grew up in
Bloomingdale, Michigan and graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2013. He
was stationed in western Texas at Fort Bliss and completed a tour in
On Jan. 22, 2019, Cpl. Cole Wixom was killed during a
training exercise in Otero County, New Mexico. The crash involved two Interim
Armored Vehicle (IAV) Strykers, an eight-wheeled, personnel carrier-infantry
fighting vehicle used by the U.S. Army, on U.S. Route 54.
The state of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and
selfless service of all military personnel and remembers those who have given
the ultimate sacrifice by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents,
businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also 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 Sunday, Feb 3,
**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.
will provide you with an E-mail notification when your American or state flag should be flown at half-staff in accordance to Presidential proclamations.