Flags are at half-mast in Colorado today...as they have been so often this year
Colorado Governor's Office Flag Policy and Regulations
By the authority vested in the Governor of the State of Colorado, under Article IV, Section 2 of
the Colorado Constitution, Governor John Hickenlooper has adopted the following policy and
protocol regarding the manner and display of the United States and Colorado flags at state
facilities within the State of Colorado:
1. Flying the flag at half-staff
a. The Governor of the State of Colorado may order the United States flag and the
Colorado flag lowered at public facilities for any Colorado military service
member killed while serving on active duty and buried in Colorado. The flags
should be lowered on the day of the service member's funeral for the duration of
the day between sunrise and sunset.
b. The Governor may order the Colorado flag lowered after a Presidential order or
request to lower the United States flag. This typically occurs after the death of a
present or former official of the federal government, a principle national figure, or
on marked occasions such as Memorial Day.
c. The Governor may order the United States flag and the Colorado flag lowered to
honor the death of any current member of the Colorado General Assembly,
Colorado Court of Appeals or Colorado Supreme Court, or any former statewide
elected official of state government, on the day of the official's funeral or
d. The Governor may order the United States flag and the Colorado flag lowered in
response to a specific incident, such as a statewide or national tragedy, or when a
law enforcement officer, firefighter or other first-responder is killed in the line of
duty. Flags should remain lowered on the day of the funeral or memorial service
for the duration of the day between sunrise and sunset.
e. The Governor also may delegate authority to local officials to lower the United
States flag and the Colorado flag within their jurisdiction to honor significant
members of their community who have died.
2. Obligatory holidays on which the flag is lowered to half-staff.
a. Memorial Day (until noon).
b. September 11th.
c. Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7).
3. Regulations on displaying the flag.
a. The United States flag should always be displayed on the right (from the flag) to
any state flag, or if in a procession, always first.
b. No flag shall be raised above that of the United States flag, nor to its right (the
flag's right). The Colorado flag must remain below the United States flag, and
those of other nations must be displayed equally to the United States flag during
peacetime. Foreign flags should be displayed to the left of both the United States
flag and Colorado flag.
c. The United States flag should always be at the center and at the highest point of
the group when a large number of flags of states or localities or pennants of
societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
4. Modification of rules and customs by Governor.
a. Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the State of Colorado,
set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with
respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Governor of the State of Colorado,
whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or
additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.