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Flag Notification    

United States: Half-Staff 

Commonwealth flag: Half-Staff  

US & Commonwealth Flags

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag on the Capitol Complex, at all Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the commonwealth to fly at half-staff to honor President George H.W. Bush.

President Bush passed away Friday, November 30, 2018.

The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered for 30 days, until January 1, 2019. The United States Flag should also be lowered to half-staff for this 30-day duration due to orders from the White House.

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.