Whitmer orders flags at half-staff for MSU shooting anniversary

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and at all public buildings and grounds across the state to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday for the first anniversary of the deadly shooting at Michigan State University.

On Feb. 13, 2023, a gunman opened fire at MSU’s campus, killing three students: Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser and Alexandria Verner.

L-R: Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser and Alexandria Verner.
L-R: Arielle Anderson, Brian Fraser and Alexandria Verner.

“A year ago…, every Spartan’s heart stood still as our community was shattered by a devastating act of gun violence,” Whitmer said in a release. “…We honor the memories of those we lost and hold each other close as we continue to grieve and process. We are and always will be Spartan Strong, but days like today are hard for everyone. I encourage us all to give each other some grace and be there for one another. We will get through this together.”

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To lower a flag to half-staff, the flag should be hoisted to the peak before being lowered to the half-staff position. This is reversed when it is lowered for the day.

Flags should be returned to full staff on Wednesday.

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