Half-Staff Alert for April 12, 2016
For Michigan Only

Lansing, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, April 12, in recognition of former Michigan Senator Edgar J. Fredricks who died Thursday, March 31.

"Edgar was a devoted leader serving the nation, state and his hometown of Holland for several years," Snyder said. "Edgar will be remembered for his hometown loyalty and dedication to making Michigan a better place for all. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Fredricks first joined the Michigan Legislature in 1974 when he was elected to the House of Representatives and later served in the Senate beginning in 1978. He represented Holland for a total of five terms in elected office. Prior to his time in the Legislature, Fredricks served as the American Vice Consul to the American Embassy in Seoul, South Korea for two years.

Throughout his career the Holland native served on many committees and organizations at the state and national level. He was also a member of the LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church.

Fredricks earned his bachelor's degree from Calvin College and his master's from Western Michigan University.

The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home located at 315 East 16th Street in Holland.

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, April 13.

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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