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Historical State Half-Staff Notices:

START: 4/17/2014
END: 4/17/2014
Flags to Half-Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Dennis O. Simmonds

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag of Massachusetts lowered to half staff on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in honor of Dennis O. Simmonds, Boston Police Department, of Hyde Park who died on April 10, 2014.

START: 4/15/2014
END: 4/22/2014
Flags to Half-Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of 2013 Boston Marathon Victims

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in honor of the individuals who lost their lives and were injured during the Boston Marathon Bombings of April 15, 2013.

START: 2/26/2014
END: 2/26/2014
Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Army PV2 Miguel Angel Verdejopolonco

Massachusetts Acting Governor Galvin has ordered the United States Flag and Commonwealth flag lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in honor of United States Army PV2 Miguel Angel Verdejopolonco of Peabody who died on February 18, 2014.

START: 2/12/2014
END: 2/12/2014
Flags at Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Myrnairis Bones Cepeda

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the U.S. flag and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise so sunset on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in honor of United States Army Sergeant Myrnairis Bones Cepeda of Roxbury who died on February 2, 2014.

START: 1/20/2014
END: 1/20/2014
Flags at Half-Staff in Massachusets in Honor of Nathan Nissy

Massachusets  Governor Deval Patrick ordered flags in the Commonwealth to be lowered to half staff Monday in memory of a Dracut sailor who died Dec. 30. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Nathan Nissay died in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. while attending classes at the Naval Propulsion Training Center there.

START: 1/11/2014
END: 1/11/2014
FLags at Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Ryan A. Goldie
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's order to lower the flags from sunrise to sunset honors decorated Army specialist Ryan A. Goldie, 28, a Wareham native who died of non-combat causes in December.
START: 1/2/2014
END: 1/2/2014
Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Daniel M. Vasselian

Governor Patrick of Massachusetts has ordered flags lowered to half staff at all state buildings on Thursday, January 2, 2014 in honor of United States Marine Sergeant Daniel M. Vasselian who died on December 23, 2013.

START: 2/19/2013
END: 2/19/2013
US and MA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Michael J. Greene

February 19, 2013 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the US flag and Commonwealth flag to be lowered to half staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 on all state buildings in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Greene of Mansfield who died on February 10, 2013.

START: 2/5/2013
END: 2/5/2013
US and MA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Michael A. Gorman

February 12, 2013 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and Commonwealth flag lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in honor of PFC Michael A. Gorman of Brookline who died on February 5, 2013.

START: 1/24/2013
END: 1/24/2013
US and MA Flags to Half staff in Honor of Michael J. Squillaci

January 24, 2013 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the American flag and the Commonwealth of MA flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in honor of Sergeant First Class Michael J. Squillaci of

START: 1/18/2013
END: 1/18/2013
US and MA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Antonio Syrakos

January 18, 2013 - Governor Patirck of Massachusetts has ordered the US and State flag to half staff on Friday January 18, 2013 in honor of Pfc. Antonio Syrakos of Lynn who died on January 10, 2013.

START: 11/29/2012
END: 11/29/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Honor of State Representative Joyce Spiliotis

November 29, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and Commonwealth flag lowered to half-staff at all state buildings, immediately, Thursday, November 29, 2012 until further notice in honor of State Representative Joyce Spiliotis of Peabody who died this morning.

START: 11/14/2012
END: 11/14/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Congressman Joseph E. Early

November 14, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has direct the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag to be lowered to half mast at all state buildings, immediately, until sunset today, November 14, 2012 in honor of Congressman Joseph E. Early.

START: 9/1/2012
END: 9/1/2012
US and MA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Michael R. Demarsico II

September 1, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered that the US flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in honor of United States Army PFC Michael R. Demarsico II of North Adams.

START: 8/29/2012
END: 8/29/2012
US and MA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Steven Brothers

August 29, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in honor of United States Army Major Steven Brothers of Arlington, Massachusetts.

START: 8/13/2012
END: 8/13/2012
US and VA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Brendon P. Carey

August 13, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, August 13, 2012 in honor of United States Marine Private First Class Brendon P. Carey of Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

START: 7/31/2012
END: 7/31/2012
US and MA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Jose Torres

July 31, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the American and state of Massachusetts Flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in honor of Police Officer Jose Torres of Westfield, Massachusetts.

START: 6/8/2012
END: 6/8/2012
US and VA Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Kevin Ambrose

June 8, 2012 - Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the American flag and Commonwealth flag lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset at all state buildings on Friday, June 8, 2012 in honor of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose who died in the line of duty on June 4, 2012

START: 4/20/2012
END: 4/20/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Airman Sean P. Sears

Massachusetts Acting Governor Timothy P. Murray has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 20, 2012 in honor of Airman Sean P. Sears of Malden, Massachusetts.

START: 3/23/2012
END: 3/23/2012
US Flags at Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Army Sergeant Michael Bono

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, March 23, 2012 from sunrise to sunset in honor of Army Sergeant Michael Bono of Westport, Massachusetts.

START: 2/27/2012
END: 2/27/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Marine Corporal Christopher Arzola

Massachusetts Acting Governor Timothy P. Murray has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Monday, February 27, 2012 in honor of Marine Corporal Christopher Arzola of Westfield, Massachusetts who died on February 14, 2012.

START: 2/1/2012
END: 2/1/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Kevin H. White

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States Flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Flag lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in honor of Kevin H. White who was the Mayor of Boston from 1968 – 1984.

START: 1/27/2012
END: 1/27/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Specialist Keith D. Benson

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, January 27, 2012 in honor of Specialist Keith D. Benson of Norwood, Massachusetts who died in Afghanistan on January 18, 2012.

START: 12/30/2011
END: 12/30/2011
MA Flags to Half-Staff for James Rice

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States of America and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, December 30, 2011 in honor of Firefighter James Rice of the Peabody Fire Department who died in the line of duty on Friday, December 23, 2011.

START: 12/15/2011
END: 12/15/2011
MA Flags to Half-Staff for Jon D. Davis Senior

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and Massachusetts State flag lowered to half-staff on all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 15, 2011 in honor of Firefighter Jon D. Davis Senior of the Worcester Fire Department who died in the line of duty on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

START: 9/9/2011
END: 9/9/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Kreon Rado

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 9, in honor of Petty Officer Kreon Rado of Wakefield, Massachusetts who died in Virginia.

START: 8/26/2011
END: 8/26/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Kevin Houston

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States of America flag and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Friday, August 26, 2011 in honor of Chief Petty Officer (Seal) Kevin Houston of Hyannisport who died in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.

START: 8/20/2011
END: 8/20/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Nicholas P. Bernier

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag lowered to half-staff at all State buildings on Saturday, August 20, 2011 from sunrise to sunset in honor of Specialist Nicholas P. Bernier who died on June 25, 2011, in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries sustained on June 22, 2011 in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

START: 7/28/2011
END: 7/28/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Alan L. Snyder

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag to be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, July 28, 2011, in honor of Staff Sergeant Alan L. Snyder of Blackstone, Massachusetts who died in Afghanistan on June 18, 2011

START: 7/7/2011
END: 7/7/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of Matthew R. Gallagher

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flags and Commonwealth flags lowered to half-staff on state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, July 7, 2011 in honor of United States Army Sergeant Matthew R. Gallagher who died in Iraq on June 25, 2011.

START: 6/16/2011
END: 6/16/2011
US Flags to Half-Staff in Massachusetts in Honor of William J. Woitowicz

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flags and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in honor of Corporal William J. Woitowicz who died in Afghanistan on June 7, 2011.

START: 5/7/2011
END: 5/7/2011
American Flags are at Half Mast in Massachusetts in Honor of David L. Brodeur

Massachusetts Governor Patrick has ordered the United States flag and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag lowered to half-staff on all state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in honor of Major David L. Brodeur of Auburn, Massachusetts who died in Afghanistan on April 27, 2011.