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Historical State Half-Staff Notices:

START: 5/9/2014
END: 5/9/2014
Flags to Half-Staff in Iowa in Observance of observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony

Iowa Governor Brandstad has ordered all flags on the Capitol Complex to be flown at half-staff from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday, May 9, 2014 in observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 3/26/2013
END: 3/26/2013
Flags to Half Staff in Iowa in Honor of Staff Sergeant Steve Blass

Iowa Governor Brandstad has ordered all flags in the state lowered to half staff  on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in honor of United States Army Staff Sergeant Steve Blass of Estherville who died in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, March 11, 2013.

START: 11/30/2012
END: 12/3/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Sergeant Joseph A. Richardson

November 30, 2012 - Iowa Governor Brandstad has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 5:00pm, Friday, November 30, 2012 until 8:00am on Monday, December 3, 2012 to honor United States Army Sergeant Joseph A. Richardson of Algona who died while on November 16, 2012 in Paktika province, Afghanistan. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 11/15/2012
END: 11/15/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Pfc. Brandon Buttry

November 15, 2012 - Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in the state of Iowa to be flown at half-staff from 8:00am until 5:00pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012 in honor of Pfc. Brandon Buttry, of Shenandoah, who died on November 5, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

START: 10/19/2012
END: 10/19/2012
All Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Pat Ward

October 19, 2012 - Iowa Governor Brandstad has ordered all flags in the State of Iowa to be flown at half mast from 8:00am until 5:00pm on Friday, October 19, 2012 in honor of State Senator Pat Ward, who passed away on Monday.

START: 8/3/2012
END: 8/3/2012
Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Michael E. Ristau

August 3, 2012 - Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in the State of Iowa to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, August 3, 2012 until 8:00am on Monday, August 6, 2012 in memory of Sergeant Michael E. Ristau, originally of Cascade. Sgt. Ristau died in Afghanistan on July 13, 2012. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 7/13/2012
END: 7/13/2012
Flags to Half Staff in Honor of James Skalberg Jr.

July 13, 2012 - Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half staff beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, July 13, 2012 until 8:00am on Monday, July 16, 2012 in honor of US Army Sergeant James Skalberg Jr. originally of Emerson who died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Afghanistan. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 6/29/2012
END: 7/2/2012
All Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Dennis Eilers

June 28, 2012 - Iowa Governor Branstad is directed all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, June 29, 2012 until 8:00am on Monday, July 2, 2012 in honor of Lt. Col. Dennis Eilers, originally of Tipton. Eilers and his crew went missing when his plane was shot down in Laos in 1965. He was listed as missing in action, until his status changed to killed in action in 1977. This past April, officials positively identified the crash site when a tooth was found from a fellow crew member of Eilers’. A memorial service will be held this Saturday.

START: 4/27/2012
END: 4/27/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Iowa in Honor of Sgt. 1st Class Edris A. Viers

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in the State to be flown at half-staff on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 8:00am to 5:00pm in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Edris “Eddie” A. Viers who was last seen August 12, 1950 during the “Battle of Bloody Gulch” near Pongam-ni, South Korea. He was officially pronounced deceased on December 31, 1953, but remains were not recovered at the time. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 1/27/2012
END: 1/30/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Iowa in Honor of Master Sgt. Travis Riddick

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2012 until 8 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012, in honor of Marine Corps Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, formerly of Centerville, Iowa. Master Sgt. Riddick was killed in action Saturday, January 21, 2012, in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.

START: 12/2/2011
END: 12/2/2011
IA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Zachary C. Reiff

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 8:00am until 5:00pm in honor of United States Marine Corporal Zachary C. Reiff, formerly of Preston, Iowa who died in Helmand province, Afghanistan on November 18, 2011.

START: 12/2/2011
END: 12/2/2011
IA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Zachary C. Reiff

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 8:00am until 5:00pm in honor of United States Marine Corporal Zachary C. Reiff, formerly of Preston, Iowa who died in Helmand province, Afghanistan on November 18, 2011.

START: 9/23/2011
END: 9/26/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Iowa in Honor of Michael Collins

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from Friday, September 23, 2011 until 8:00am on Monday, September 26, 2011 in honor of volunteer firefighter Michael Collins who died on September 18, 2011 while directing traffic around a car accident and Iowa State Trooper Mark Toney who died on September 20, 2011 in a single-vehicle car accident near Indianola, Iowa. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 9/9/2011
END: 9/12/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Iowa

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff from 5:00pm on Friday, September 9, 2011 until 8:00am on Monday, September 12, 2011 in honor of Iowa service members who lost their lives while on active duty since September 11, 2001.

START: 8/19/2011
END: 8/19/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Iowa in Honor of Jon T. Tumilson

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from 8:00am until 5:00pm on Friday, August 19, 2011 in honor of Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson, formerly of Rockford, Iowa who died on August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan.

START: 7/8/2011
END: 7/8/2011
US Flags to Half Mast in Iowa in Honor of Matthew Nielson

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff starting at 5:00pm on Friday, July 8, 2011 until 8:00am on Monday, July 11, 2011 in honor of United States Army Captain Matthew Nielson of Jefferson, Iowa.

START: 6/21/2011
END: 6/21/2011
US Flags to Half-Staff in Iowa in Honor of Marvin J. Steinford

Iowa Govenor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in honor of Staff Sergeant Marvin J. “Steiney” Steinford. On March 24, 1945, Staff Sgt. Steinford, then 22 years-old, left Amendola, Italy with a B-17 “Flying Fortress” on a bombing mission bound for Berlin, Germany. Staff Sgt. Steinford’s plane was damaged by German anti-aircraft fire and he disappeared behind enemy lines in Hungary. On November 16, 2004, Hungarian authorities notified United States Defense Attaché (USDAO) in Budapest of potential American serviceman remains in the city of Zirc, Hungary. Upon further examination of the remains, they discovered identification tags that bore Staff Sgt. Steinford’s name. Memorial services for Staff Sgt. Steinford will be Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

START: 6/3/2011
END: 6/3/2011
American Flags are at Half Mast in Iowa in Honor of Joseph J. Hamski

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8:00am Friday, June 3, 2011 until 8:00am on Monday, June 6, 2011 in honor of Air Force Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Hamski, formerly of Ottumwa, Iowa who died in Afghanistan last week.

START: 5/17/2011
END: 5/17/2011
American Flags are at Half Staff in Iowa in Honor of Peace Officer Memorial Week

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered flags on the Capitol Complex flown at half-staff from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in honor of Peace Officer Memorial Week and the Peace Officer Memorial ceremony which is to be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the state’s monument near the corner of East Grand Ave and East 12th Street. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 5/4/2011
END: 5/4/2011
Staff Sgt. James Justice

Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff in honor of an Iowa Army National Guard soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. James Justice, of Grimes, died of enemy small arms fire on April 23 while helping to rescue the crew of a helicopter that made a hard landing. Another Iowa soldier, Spc. Zachary Durham, of Des Moines, was injured.

In his order on Monday, Branstad says all U.S. flags and state flags under the control of Iowa are to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

START: 4/25/2011
END: 4/25/2011
Sgt. Brent Maher & Spc. Donald Nichols

Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. Brent Maher and Spc. Donald Nichols
April 21, 2011

Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011 until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011 in honor of Sgt. Brent Maher, 31, formerly of Honey Creek, Iowa, and Spc. Donald Nichols, 21, formerly of Shell Rock, Iowa. Gov. Branstad has cleared his public schedule on both Friday and Saturday in order to attend each service.

Sgt. Maher was killed during a mounted patrol in Paktya Province, Afghanistan on Monday, April 11, 2011.

Sgt. Maher is survived by his wife, Brenna, three children, mother and step-father, brother, and grandparents. He will be laid to rest Friday, April 22, 2011.

Spc. Nicols was killed during a mounted patrol in Lagham Province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Spc. Nichols is survived by his fiancé, Chelsey Bliss, parents, two brothers, two grandmothers and grandfather. He will be laid to rest Saturday, April 23, 2011.

The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funerals will be presented to Sgt. Maher and Spc. Nichols’ family at a later date, along with a proclamation honoring them.

Source: https://governor.iowa.gov/2011/04/gov-terry-e-branstad-orders-flags-at-half-staff-to-honor-sgt-brent-maher-and-spc-donald-nichols/

START: 4/22/2011
END: 4/25/2011
Sgt. Brent Maher & Spc. Donald Nichols

Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. Brent Maher and Spc. Donald Nichols
April 21, 2011

Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011 until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011 in honor of Sgt. Brent Maher, 31, formerly of Honey Creek, Iowa, and Spc. Donald Nichols, 21, formerly of Shell Rock, Iowa. Gov. Branstad has cleared his public schedule on both Friday and Saturday in order to attend each service.

Sgt. Maher was killed during a mounted patrol in Paktya Province, Afghanistan on Monday, April 11, 2011.

Sgt. Maher is survived by his wife, Brenna, three children, mother and step-father, brother, and grandparents. He will be laid to rest Friday, April 22, 2011.

Spc. Nicols was killed during a mounted patrol in Lagham Province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Spc. Nichols is survived by his fiancé, Chelsey Bliss, parents, two brothers, two grandmothers and grandfather. He will be laid to rest Saturday, April 23, 2011.

The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funerals will be presented to Sgt. Maher and Spc. Nichols’ family at a later date, along with a proclamation honoring them.

Source: https://governor.iowa.gov/2011/04/gov-terry-e-branstad-orders-flags-at-half-staff-to-honor-sgt-brent-maher-and-spc-donald-nichols/

START: 4/8/2011
END: 4/11/2011
Flags to Half staff in Iowa in Honor of Sgt. Eric Stein

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad ordered all flags flown at half-staff to honor a Keokuk County deputy killed in the line of duty.

Sgt. Eric Stein, 39, died when he was assisting with emergency response to a standoff with a man at a house near Sigourney, Iowa on April 4, 2011.

Police say Jeff Krier, 53, fired shots at officers from inside his residence.  Several hours later, Krier exited the house.   Police say he was armed and officers fired on him.  Krier died at the scene. 

Krier reportedly had a history of mental illness.

Flags will be at half-staff at all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout Iowa from noon Friday, April 8, 2011 to 8 a.m. Monday, April 11.

Branstad also planned to sign a proclamation declaring Stein a hero in the state of Iowa.

Stein was from What Cheer, Iowa.  His funeral was set for Saturday, April 9.

START: 2/6/2011
END: 2/6/2011
Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Spc. Shaw A. Muhr

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered the United States flag and Iowa State flag lowered to half-staff from 8:00am to sunset on Sunday, February 6, 2011 in honor of Spc. Shaw A. Muhr of Coon Rapids, Iowa who died serving in Afghanistan. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

START: 1/2/2011
END: 12/2/2011
IA Flasg to Half Staff in Honor of Zachary C. Reiff

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 8:00am until 5:00pm in honor of United States Marine Corporal Zachary C. Reiff, formerly of Preston, Iowa who died in Helmand province, Afghanistan on November 18, 2011.