U.S., Georgia flags to fly at half-staff for Rosalynn Carter

Published: Nov. 21, 2023 at 2:57 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2023 at 4:02 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The American flag across the United States and the Georgia state flag will be flown at half-staff following the death of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation Tuesday for the U.S. flag to fly at half-staff as a “mark of respect for the memory” of the longtime companion of former President Jimmy Carter, the proclamation states.

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Tuesday for flags — both the U.S. and Georgia — to be flown at half-staff.

Where will flags be flown at half-staff for Rosalynn Carter?

The American flag will be at half-staff at the following locales:

  • The White House
  • All public buildings and grounds
  • All military posts and naval stations
  • All federal government naval vessels in the District of Columbia and throughout the U.S. and its territories
  • All U.S. embassies, legations, consular offices and other facilities abroad like military facilities and naval vessels and stations

In Georgia, the U.S. flag will be at half-staff at all state buildings and grounds.

How long will flags be at half-staff for Rosalynn Carter?

The U.S. flag will be at half-staff until Saturday, Nov. 25.

In Georgia, flags will be flown at half-staff from Monday, Nov, 27 to sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

In its proclamation, the White House said her life as both first lady in Georgia and first lady of the United States “exemplified hope, warmth, and a steadfast commitment to doing all she could to address many of our society’s greatest needs.”

“She was a champion for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls; an advocate for mental health and wellness for all; and a supporter of the often unseen and uncompensated caregivers of our children, aging loved ones, and people with disabilities,” the proclamation states. “Above all, the deep love shared between Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is the definition of partnership, and their humble leadership is the definition of patriotism.”

“It is fitting and proper to remember and honor Mrs. Rosalynn Carter’s life and dedicated service to citizens of the State of Georgia and the United States of America by lowering the flags throughout Georgia to half-staff,” Kemp’s executive order states.

In another executive order, Kemp also directed “all resources of the state” to be available to “assist with the final farewell and internment” of the former first lady.

The executive order directs that:

  • State agencies will coordinate all public and emergency information, activities, releases, and response efforts related to the order
  • The state operations center will be activated to assist with the final farewell and internment
  • 50 Georgia National Guard troops will assist in the final farewell and internment

First Lady Carter will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Plains.

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Days before her death, the former first lady had entered home hospice care — months after the nation’s 39th president also entered hospice care. In May, it was announced she was diagnosed with dementia.

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