Half-Staff Alert - September 20, 2019
For Delaware Only

Governor Carney has ordered the U.S. and Delaware flags lowered to half-staff beginning the morning of Friday, September 20, in remembrance of former Chief Public Defender Larry Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was appointed as the Chief Public Defender in 1970, serving 39 years when he retired in 2009. Under his direction, the Office of the Public Defender grew from 10 employees to a full-service law firm employing nearly 150 people and 70 attorneys.

Flags should be returned to full-staff at the close of business on Friday, September 20.


Title 29, Section 408 of the Delaware Code requires Delaware State agencies, including all public schools, to display a POW/MIA flag on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the third Friday in September. As National POW/MIA Recognition Day is also scheduled for September 20, the POW/MIA flag are also to be flown on September 20. As with the U.S. and Delaware flags, the POW/MIA flag should be flown at half staff on that day.

**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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