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Flag Notification


United States Flag: Half-Staff 

Commonwealth flag: Half-Staff


Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement regarding the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Frances and I are heartbroken by the tragedy in Florida and join with all Pennsylvanians in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We are praying for the victims and their loved ones and honoring the law enforcement and citizen heroes who put themselves in harm's way to protect others.

“Our children deserve to go to school without fearing for their lives and parents should be confident their kids will be safe after they leave for school each morning. And our country deserves elected leaders with the courage to act.

“Our country must come together to stop this senseless violence and loss of life. It begins by putting aside political differences and taking real action to keep people safe.”

The Governor ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff, effective immediately. This order is to mark respect for the victims of the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, February 15, 2018, until sunset February 19, 2018. Per an order from the White House, the United States flag should also be lowered immediately and until sunset February 19, 2018.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.


Flag Notifications Process
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now notifying the public of flag notifications through the AlertPA, or Code Red, system.
Current users will be able to log into their existing account and select “Flag Notifications” from the “Additional Notifications” section on the AlertPA website. New users will need to create an account and then select the option to receive flag notification alerts.

A press release will continue to be issued for all flag notifications, however, the AlertPA notification will be the only way for individuals to receive a direct notification regarding a change in the status of the United States and Commonwealth flags.
To create an account, or to select the Flag Notifications alert on existing account, visit AlertPa.

Fly A Flag Over the Capitol

The Department of General Services offers United States and Pennsylvania flags flown over the Capitol to honor individual citizens or organizations. Flags to be flown over the Capitol may be purchased from the companies listed below or from any other location. DGS cannot donate, sell or distribute flags.

Philip Levin Company, 3301-C North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, (717) 233-8844

Tyndale Flag Service, 7604 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17112, (717) 545-6228


If you would like to have a flag flown over the Capitol with a certificate authenticating that the flag was flown, please prepare a letter which includes:

• Who the flag is being flown for
• Title or rank of individual flag is being flown for, if applicable
• The date, if there is a specific date you wish the flag to be flown
• Occasion for which the flag is be flown, if applicable
• Any other information you deem necessary
• Date flag needs to be returned


**Please note:  a minimum of one week's notice is needed for a certificate to be provided.

The letter and flag(s) should be sent to:

Department of General Services
Capitol Police Flag Program
Room 70E Capitol East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17125

(717) 787-9013

All flags are returned via regular, USPS mail service at no charge. However, if the flag(s) need to be returned within a short timeframe, a pre-paid envelope for Fed-Ex, UPS or USPS (overnight) must be provided.