November 17, 2023 - Half Staff Alert - Michigan

Posted by Half-Staff Alerts Staff on Nov 16, 2023

November 17, 2023 - Half Staff Alert - Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, November 17, 2023 to honor and remember former state Representative LaMar Lemmons. The flag lowering will coincide with the day of Lemmons’ funeral.

“State Representative LaMar Lemmons Jr. was a thoughtful public servant and leader,” said Governor Whitmer. “He was committed to his constituents in Wayne County throughout his three terms in the Michigan Legislature. He left behind the kind of lasting legacy that we all aspire to have. He also served our nation in uniform, had a successful career in business, and was a loving dad and grandfather. My thoughts are with Lemmons’ family, friends, and all who knew and loved him.”

LaMar Lemmons Jr. attended Detroit Public schools until he enlisted in the Air Force where he served at Ashiya Air Force Base in Japan. Lemmons was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives from 2005 until 2010, where he served along with his oldest son, LaMar Lemmons III, for a portion of his time in office.

Lemmons leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Celestine, a loving sister, Irma Jean Martin, sons, Lamar III, Robert, Kenny, daughter, Keeye, and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and service of former state Representative LaMar Lemmons Jr. by lowering flags to 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 Saturday, November 18, 2023.