Flags positioned at half-staff for Peace Officer Memorial Day and Memorial Day

From the Office of the Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

Displaying the state and national flag is an important duty in carrying out our mission for the State of Texas. In addition to creating an identity for the people of Texas, the proper display of the flag leads the people in times of joy and mourning, and in times of celebration and somber reflection.

There are two dates in the month of May that require particular attention with regard to how state and national flags should be displayed. Sunday, May 15, 2022, is Peace Officer Memorial Day, and Monday, May 30, 2022, is Memorial Day.

Please take note of the laws concerning these official state observances:

Peace Officer Memorial Day: On the morning of Sunday, May 15, both State of Texas and U.S. flags should be raised briskly to full-staff and then slowly lowered to half-staff for the remainder of the display day. Flags should be returned to full-staff on the next day.

Memorial Day: On the morning of Monday, May 30, both State of Texas and U.S. flags should be raised briskly to full-staff and then slowly lowered to half-staff where they will remain until noon. At noon, both the State of Texas and U.S. flags should be raised briskly to full-staff for the remainder of the display day.  Flags should be at full-staff the following day.

State agencies are not required to schedule employees for duty on holiday or weekend hours only to comply with flag-flying issues. These requirements only apply to days your agency displays the flag.

To avoid confusion, flags should be flown according to statutory standards and proper procedures of protocol. If your agency is unable to comply with these laws, you should remove all flags from your flag displays for the duration of the memorial events specified above in law.



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