Flags lowered to honor Justice Stevens

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on today to honor the life and service of former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

“Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens exemplifies what it means to devote your life and work to serving your country, “ Whitmer said. “Justice Stevens leaves behind a legacy that reminds us all here in Michigan and across the country of how important it is to remain committed to justice and stand firm in your beliefs.”

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens devoted his life to public service as a lawyer and jurist. Stevens was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and served on the Supreme Court for 35 years. During his tenure, he wrote for the court on issues ranging from American law to intellectual property.

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 Wednesday, July 24.