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Historical State Half-Staff Notices:

START: 3/6/2014
END: 3/6/2014
Flags to Half-Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Gregory Barnas

The New Jersey State flag shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours from Thursday, March 6, 2014 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Captain Gregory Barnas, who was born in Passaic and raised in Wallington, where he was a lifelong resident. Captain Barnas was a firefighter in Jersey City for twenty-nine years and an active volunteer firefighter in Wallington for forty-two years and tragically lost his life while combating a fire at a restaurant in Wallington.

START: 1/16/2014
END: 1/22/2014
Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor Firefighter Cosmo Paris of

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the State flag of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff at all state departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities from Thursday, January 16, 2014 until Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in memory of Firefighter Cosmo Paris, who lived in Cliffside Park, who was an 18-year department Veteran of the Independent Hook and Ladder Company #1 of the Cliffside Park Fire Department died after suffering a heart attack in the line of duty.

START: 3/11/2013
END: 3/11/2013
Flags to Half Mast in NEw JErsey in Honor of William F. Hyland.

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered flags to half staff at all state departments, agencies, offices, and instrumentalities on Monday, March 11, 2013 in honor of the passing of former Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and former Attorney General of New Jersey, William F. Hyland.

START: 1/2/2013
END: 1/2/2013
US and NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Norman Schwarzkopf

January 2, 2013 - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has directed that the US flag and the state flag of New Jersey to be flown at half-mast at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in honor of United States Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

START: 12/27/2012
END: 12/27/2012
US Flags to Half Staff In New Jersey In Honor Of Staff Sergeant Zoltan Dobovich

December 27, 2012 - US Flags ordered to half staff by New Jersey Governor Christie at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Thursday, December 27, 2012 in honor of United States Army Staff Sergeant Zoltan Dobovich who was last accounted for on November 1, 1946 when an air crew of eight members departed Italy on a course to England but never arrived at their destination. Staff Sergeant Dobovich was recently identified and will be buried in New Jersey with full military honors.

START: 12/6/2012
END: 12/6/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Corporal Christopher M. Monahan Jr.

December 6, 2012 - New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the United State flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey lowered to half-staff at all state departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in honor of United States Marine Corporal Christopher M. Monahan Jr. of Island Heights, New Jersey.

START: 10/9/2012
END: 10/9/2012
US and NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Jonathan Gollnitz

October 9, 2012 - The New Jersey Governor has orded the US flag and New Jersey State flag shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in recognition and mourning of United States Army Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz who died in Afghanistan.

START: 8/30/2012
END: 8/30/2012
US flags to Half Staff in Honor of Gunther H. Wald

August 30, 2012 - Acting New Jersey Governor Guadagno has directed US flags at all state buildings to half staff on Thursday, August 30, 2012 in honor of United States Army Sergeant First Class Gunther H. Wald.

START: 7/30/2012
END: 7/30/2012
US and NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Corrections Officer Day

July 30, 2012 - New Jersey Governor Christie has proclaimed July 30, 2012 as Corrections Officer Day in the State of New Jersey. Governor Christie has called upon all citizens of the State and all other public and private agencies to celebrate this day by appropriate observance, and direct the staff of all correctional facilities in the State to fly the United States and State flag at half staff in honor of the corrections officers who have died in the line of duty.

START: 7/18/2012
END: 7/18/2012
US and NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Jonathan Batista

July 18, 2012 - New Jersey Governor Christie has directed the flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey to be flown at half staff at all state departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in honor of United States Army Specialist Jonathan Batista. 

START: 7/13/2012
END: 7/13/2012
US and NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Christopher Reeves

July 13, 2012 - New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered US and state flags of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff at all state departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities on Friday, July 13, 2012 in honor of Millville Police Department Patrolman Christopher Reeves who died in the line of duty.

START: 6/8/2012
END: 6/8/2012
US and NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Leroy DeRone III

June 8, 2012 - New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered US flags and the state flag of New Jersey lowered to half-staff at all state departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Friday, June 8, 2012 in honor of United States Army Private First Class Leroy DeRone III who died in Chak-E Wardak District, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

START: 5/10/2012
END: 5/10/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Army Sergeant Shauna Brocklebank Adams

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey lowered to half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Thursday, May 10, 2012 in honor of Untied States Army Sergeant Shauna Brocklebank Adams who lost her life during a training exercise in South Korea.

START: 5/10/2012
END: 5/10/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Army Sergeant Shauna Brocklebank Adams

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey lowered to half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Thursday, May 10, 2012 in honor of Untied States Army Sergeant Shauna Brocklebank Adams who lost her life during a training exercise in South Korea.

START: 4/20/2012
END: 4/20/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Marine Corporal Derek A. Kerns

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flags of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey lowered to half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Friday, April 20, 2012 in honor of United State Marine Corporal Derek A. Kerns who died in a training exercise in Morocco.

START: 4/4/2012
END: 4/4/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Marine Staff Sergeant Joseph D’Augustine

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in honor of United States Marine Staff Sergeant Joseph D’Augustine

START: 3/14/2012
END: 3/14/2012
US Flags to Half-Staff in New JErsey in Honor of Congressman Donald M. Payne.

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and New Jersey State flag lowered to half-staff at all state departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in recognition and mourning of the passing of Congressman Donald M. Payne.

START: 2/17/2012
END: 2/17/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Whitney Houston

The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Friday, February 17, 2012, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Whitney Houston.

START: 1/30/2012
END: 1/30/2012
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Marine Corporal Kevin J. Reinhard

Governor Christie ordered all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday, January 30, 2012 to honor the service and sacrifice of United States Marine Corporal Kevin J. Reinhard, who was raised in Woodbridge and attended Ramapo College and Middlesex County College, and in 2008 interrupted his studies to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Corporal Reinhard lost his life serving on active duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

START: 1/12/2012
END: 1/12/2012
US Flags at Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Ronald H. Wildrick, Jr.

Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order No. 84, ordering all state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Jan. 12 to honor the service and sacrifice of U.S. Army Specialist Ronald H. Wildrick, Jr.. Specialist Wildrick lost his life serving on active duty in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

on active duty in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
START: 11/16/2011
END: 11/16/2011
NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Peter J. Biondi

New Jersey acting Governor, Kim Guadagno has ordered the flag of the United States of America and flag of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in honor of Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi.

START: 11/10/2011
END: 11/10/2011
NJ Flags to Half Mast in Honor of John A. Lyons

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the state of New Jersey flag lowered to half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in honor of United States Army Sergeant John A. Lyons who died in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

START: 10/28/2011
END: 10/28/2011
NJ Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Jorge M. Oliveira

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the United States flag and New Jersey State flag lowered to half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities on Friday, October 28, 2011 in honor of United States Army Staff Sergeant Jorge M. Oliveira who died in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

START: 10/19/2011
END: 10/19/2011
New Jersey Flags to Half Staff in Honor of Joseph S. Wargo, Jr.

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey lowered to half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in memory of Police officer Joseph S. Wargo, Jr. who died in the line of duty.

START: 9/9/2011
END: 9/11/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Recognition and Mourning of All Those Lost in the September 11th Attacks.

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the flag of the United States of America and State of New Jersey to half-staff throughout the State of New Jersey from Friday, September 9, 2011 until sunset on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in recognition and mourning of all those lost in the September 11th attacks.

START: 8/19/2011
END: 8/19/2011
US Flags to Half Staff in New Jersey in Honor of

New Jersey Governor has ordered the State of New Jersey flag to be flown at half-staff on Friday, August 19, 2011 in honor of United States Marine Corporal Nicholas S. Ott.

START: 6/24/2011
END: 6/24/2011
US Flags to Half-Staff in New Jersey in Honor of James W. Harvey II

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the United States flag and New Jersey State flag lowered to half-staff on Friday, June 24, 2011 in recognition and mourning of a brave and loyal American hero, United States Army Sergeant James W. Harvey II of Toms River, New Jersey who died in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The flags should be at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities.

START: 6/23/2011
END: 6/23/2011
US Flags to Hafl-Staff in New Jersey in Honor of Clarence Clemons

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered the United States flag and New Jersey State flag lowered to half-staff on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in recognition and mourning of passing of Clarence Clemons, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band and various other musical and entertainment endeavors. The flags should be at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities.

START: 6/15/2011
END: 6/15/2011
US Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Richard C. Emmons III

New Jersey Governor Christie has ordered flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, June 15 2011 in honor of United States Army Specialist Richard C. Emmons III from Salem County who died in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

START: 5/13/2011
END: 5/13/2011
American Flags are at Half MAst in New Jersey in Honor of Omar J. Vazquez

New Jersey Governor Christie has directed the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey be flown at half-staff at all state departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities on Friday, May 13, 2011 in honor of United States Army First Lieutenant Omar J. Vazquez who died in Numaniyah, Iraq.

START: 5/12/2011
END: 5/12/2011
American Flags to Half Mast in New Jersey in Honor of Harry Shatel

New Jersey Governor Christie has directed that the New Jersey State flag to be flown at half-staff on Thursday, May 12, 2011 in recognition of the passing of Coach Harry Shatel who was the head baseball coach of the Morristown High Colonials for 38 seasons.

START: 5/2/2011
END: 5/2/2011
Sergeant Keith Buzinski

Executive Order No. 62 - Ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday, May 2, 2011 to honor the service and sacrifice of United States Army Sergeant Keith Buzinski, raised in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, who lost his life serving on active duty in Afghanistan

Source: nj.gov/infobank/circular/eocc62.pdf

START: 4/29/2011
END: 4/29/2011
Corporal John W. Lutz, Jr.

Executive Order No. 61 - Ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Friday, April 29, 2011 to honor the service and sacrifice of United States Army Corporal John W. Lutz, Jr., of Kearny, New Jersey, who was reported missing in action during the Korean War in 1951

Source: nj.gov/infobank/circular/eocc61.pdf