At 1:21 this afternoon, Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on two days next week, in memory of former state Rep. Burdette Solum and former state Supreme Court justice Frank “Rudy” Henderson.
It was the 21st and 22nd time in 2012 Daugaard ordered flags in South Dakota to be flown at half-staff. Eleven of those occasions were at the request of President Barack Obama, reflecting national half-staff proclamations. The other 11 were made by Daugaard alone.
Altogether flags flew at half-staff for 52 days in 2012, plus the two days in early 2013 that were ordered today. There was one day, Aug. 7, where flags were ordered to be flown at half-staff for former state senator George Shanard, when flags were already at half-staff for the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Obama requested 33 days of half-staff flags, including multi-day periods in memory of the Wisconsin mass shooting, the July mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Ambassador Christopher Stevens and U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Daugaard requested 22 days of half-staff flags, including multi-day periods in memory of former Gov. Bill Janklow and former Sen. George McGovern.
Below is an interactive timeline of the half-staff requests, and a table showing all the incidences.