Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 25, 2015, in recognition of Memorial Day. This federal holiday is in remembrance of the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.The Governor’s Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, May 22, 2015. Flags should remain at half-staff until noon on May 25 or first thing Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015.
Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 15, 2015, in recognition of the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset. Flags need to be at full-staff by Saturday, May 16, 2015, in honor of Armed Forces Day.
Please notify all of your field offices and facilities around the state.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.
The Washington Fire Chiefs (WFC) sent a letter to BNSF Railroad on March 6th, 2015 expressing their concern regarding oil train safety, and requesting vital information regarding worst case scenarios, catastrophic insurance levels, comprehensive emergency response plans and route analysis documents.
BNSF contacted the WFC shortly after receiving the letter, and requested a meeting be set up. This meeting took place on April 30th, 2015 and included representation from the WFC, BNSF, Washington State Senate staff, Washington State Association of Fire Fighters and the Washington State Fire Commissioners Association.