Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags in honor of former state Rep. Ed LaForge

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Thursday, Jan. 25, within the state Capitol complex in honor of former state Rep. Ed LaForge, who died Friday, Jan. 19.

“Ed was a champion for social justice and human rights and will be dearly missed by all who knew him,” Snyder said. “I send my most sincere condolences to his family, friends and community.”

Rep. LaForge served 10 years on the Kalamazoo City Commission and later served six years as state representative for the 60th House District.

A service in his honor will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel in Kalamazoo.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full staff on Friday, Jan. 26.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.