Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, December 3, 2020, to honor the life and service of former state Senator Raymond Murphy.
“The entire state of Michigan recognizes and honors Senator Raymond Murphy’s service and legacy,” Whitmer said. “His impact will live on through the lives he touched and his work in the community, including his historic role in the state Constitutional Convention.”
Raymond Murphy served in the state House of Representatives from 1983 to 1998 and then in the state Senate from 1998 to 2002 on behalf of residents in southeast Michigan. He was one of the last living delegates to serve at the state’s 1961-62 Constitutional Convention.
Former state Senator Raymond Murphy passed away at the age of 92 years old.
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of former state Senator Raymond Murphy by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, December 4, 2020.