Flags ordered half-staff for December to honor George H.W. Bush

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President Donald Trump directed flags to fly at half-mast to honor President George H.W. Bush. Gov. Rick Scott subsequently ordered flags in Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations and grounds statewide.

Bush, 41st president of the United States and father to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, died late Friday. The death prompted an outpouring of condolences among Florida leaders.

“Today, the world lost a statesman who was the symbol of the highest level of civil commitment and who helped weave the fabric of an America that represents freedom and prosperity. The contributions of George H.W. Bush to our country were beyond that of his presidency,” Scott said.

“As a Naval aviator and fighter pilot, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of the CIA, Vice President and President, George H.W. Bush dedicated his life to service to our nation and vowed to use his presidency and the power of our nation as ‘a force for good.’ I have had the privilege of knowing the Bush family for years and am incredibly grateful to have met such a genuine, gracious and kind man.”

Flags will stay low in Florida through the month of December, per Scott’s direction. Pursuant to Trump’s order, flags should fly at half-mast for 30 days, and Scott ordered the flags to remain until sunset on Dec. 31.

“The United States of America is stronger today because of the selfless service of 41,” Scott said. “Ann and I send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Bush family as they mourn the loss and celebrate the amazing life of George H.W. Bush.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Jan Alfiere

    December 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you Jacob for the timeline of how long I should have my flag at half staff (it’s half-staff, not mast) I wasn’t sure of the length that would be appropriate. Thanks again.

  • Bob McLellan

    December 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Should flags in a non government area also be flown at half staff for a period of 30 days. We live in a 55 and over community and there is some conflict of how many days our flag should be at half staff, thank you

    Bob McLellan

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