Lowering and Raising of the United States Flag and Maryland Flag

10/18/201 – Flag Status Alert: United States Flag and Maryland Flag Will be at Half-Staff

President Joseph R. Biden ordered the United States Flag to be flown at half-staff effective immediately and returned to full staff at sunset, Friday, October 22, 2021. This is to pay respect to General Colin Powell and his life of service to our Nation. General Colin Powell passed away on October 18, 2021. As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag is lowered to half-staff. No flag may fly higher than the United States flag.