Flag half staff notice: Memorial Day
by Governor Matt Mead media release
May 25, 2017
Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead, pursuant to President Donald Trump's Proclamation issued on Wednesday, May 24th, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 29, 2017 in honor of Memorial Day.
5/26/17 Update from Governor Mead's office: This is David Bush, Governor Meadís Communications Director. There have been questions regarding the U.S. and Wyoming flags being flown at half-staff only until noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017 as ordered by Proclamation of President Trump. The Presidentís order is in accordance with United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7(m), "on Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff, until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff."
We did some research on why the flag is only flown at half-staff until noon and found this explanation on Wikipedia. Other sources provided similar information:
"On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all."