(AMN) – Governor Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan on Thursday, January 13 to honor the life and service of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid.
“Senator Harry Reid was a force in American politics,” said Governor Whitmer. “As Senate Majority Leader, he helped pass landmark legislation to ensure access to health care for millions of Americans, and allowed us to expand quality, affordable care to nearly one million Michiganders through the Healthy Michigan program. We are grateful for his many years of public service.”
Senator Harry Reid was born in Searchlight, Nevada in 1939. He represented Nevada in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1987, before serving as U.S. Senator from 1987 to 2017. Reid served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015.
Reid passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at the age of 82.
The State of Michigan recognizes the leadership, determination, and dedication of Senator Harry Reid by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments, and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, January 14.