Lansing, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, March 31, in recognition of former Speaker of the House, Curtis Hertel Sr. who died Sunday, March 27.
"Curtis was a dedicated professional who honorably served Southeast Michigan and the entire state for nearly two decades," Snyder said. "Curtis knew Michigan was at its best when we work together and was committed to finding common ground amongst differing viewpoints. His legacy will serve as an inspiration to today's and tomorrow's leaders. I extend my sincerest condolences to his family and friends."
Hertel was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1980 and served the Detroit community for nine terms until 1998. During his time in the Legislature, Hertel served as Speaker of the House from 1997-98, was co-speaker from 1993-94 and previously served as associate speaker pro tempore.
Throughout his career, Hertel worked with many organizations and associations including the Friends of Belle Isle, Detroit Historical Society, Friendship Lions Club, and Library of Michigan Foundation. He also served on the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority Board of Directors and received Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year award in 1994.
The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31 at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home located at 20705 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods.
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, April 1.
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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