Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags to honor former state Rep. Michael Bennane

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Lansing, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Oct. 10, within the state capitol complex in honor of former state Rep. Michael Bennane, who died Sunday, Sept. 30.

“Michael was a key member of the Michigan Legislature who was a strong advocate for Detroit,” Snyder said. “I send my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Bennane was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives for 20 years and was a leading member of the Democratic liberal caucus. He often pushed for the revitalization of American cities and chaired the chamber’s Urban Development Committee. Additionally, Bennane chaired the Public Health Committee and was speaker pro tempore.

A service in his honor will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. at Standard Bistro and Larder, located at 5827 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor.

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 Thursday, Oct. 11.

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.