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Flag Notification    

United States Flag: Full-Staff 
Commonwealth Flag: Full-Staff

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Flag Notification Process & Alert System

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 an existing account, visit AlertPa.

How To Display The Flag at Half-Staff

The flag, when flown at half-staff, shall be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag shall be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

When the United States flag is lowered to half-staff, the Commonwealth flag will also be lowered to half-staff.

Special days designated in accordance with this section for flying the flag at half-staff may be proclaimed by the Governor in any manner that he deems appropriate.

Procedures For Displaying The Flag
  • ​All flags are raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset. The appropriate times conform with the scheduled sunrise/sunset as reported in the daily weather report. The Main Capitol flags are not lowered at sunset but displayed 24 hours a day.
  • The flag shall not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. All flags displayed by the Capitol Police are considered to be all-weather and are flown except during severe weather conditions when personal safety is jeopardized, or property damage may result.
  • The flag shall be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • No other flag or pennant shall be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States.
  • When both the U.S. flag and the Commonwealth flag are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States shall be hoisted first and lowered last. No flag or pennant may be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States.
  • In addition to being departmental regulation, it is a violation of the crimes code for anyone to maliciously take down, defile, injure, remove, or in any manner damage, insult, destroy or desecrate the American flag or commonwealth colors.
Fly A Flag Over the Capitol 
The Department of General Services offers the United States and Pennsylvania flags flown over the Capitol to honor individual citizens or organizations. 
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Flag Sales Companies

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 
Flag Certificate of Authentication
​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 the individual flag is being flown for, if applicable
  • The date, if there is a specific date you wish the flag to be flown
  • The occasion for which the flag is to 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.

Contact

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.