Flag Lowering


Gov. Inslee will direct the flag to be lowered to half-staff on these occasions:

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15 (unless that day is also Armed Forces Day);
  • Memorial Day, flag lowered from sunrise to noon;
  • Patriot Day, September 11;
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7;
  • In the event of the death of a principal federal and state government official;
  • In the event of the death of a state government employee, or a member of the public safety community, killed in the line of duty; and
  • In the event of the death of a member of the armed forces from Washington state while serving on active duty.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

POW/MIA Flag Display

Every state agency, institution of higher education and every county, city, and town shall display the national league of families POW/MIA flag along with the state and national flags on certain days according to RCW 1.20.017 which was passed

These designated days are:

  • Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30
  • Former Prisoners of War Day on April 9
  • Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day on the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day on June 14
  • Independence Day on July 4
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day on July 27
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day third Friday in September
  • Veterans’ Day on November 11
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7

If the designated day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the POW/MIA flag will be displayed on the preceding Friday and may remain up over the weekend.

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Directives issued by Gov. Inslee