Half-Staff Alert for March 3, 2017
For Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff within the state Capitol complex on Friday, March 3, in honor of former state legislator Stephen Monsma, who died Saturday, Feb. 18.

“Stephen was a devoted public servant and educator who will be remembered for his tireless service to our state and for dedicating himself to the education of students at Calvin College,” Snyder said. “I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and community as they mourn his loss.”

Monsma began his career as a political science professor at Calvin College before being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and later the Michigan Senate. In 1985, Monsma left politics to again pursue a career in academia, making a stop at Pepperdine before becoming a senior fellow at Calvin College’s Henry Institute.

A service in his honor will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Church of the Servant located at 3835 Burton Street SE in Grand Rapids.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full staff on Saturday, March 4.

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.

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