In honor of the final season of The Big Bang Theory, this blog is about the flags at the state Capitol. It could possibly garner Sheldon Cooper’s approval with a healthy dose of critiques and helpful criticism. If you’re not familiar with this reference, a quick Google search will give you immediate clues into the cultural phenomena that is “Fun with Flags”.
In addition to serving as significant and meaningful representations of our country and state, the flags that fly over the Capitol signal important activity that is occurring under the Dome. For instance, if the flag is flying above the Senate Chamber, which is located on the south side of the Capitol, that is an indication that the Senate is in session. The same holds true for the House Chamber, which is located on the north side of the building. If the flags are not up, then they are not in session. How could this be helpful when you’re visiting the state’s Capitol? If you’re moving between buildings for legislative meetings, this is great way to see if your legislator is likely to be in their office or is still in session.
The main flagstaff is located at the front center of the Capitol, flying both the national and state flags. If you’d like to have a flag that has been flown over the Capitol, you can purchase one through your legislator’s office. For more details, you can contact your legislator and be sure to indicate if you’d like it flown over the Capitol on a specific date. They will do their best to accommodate such requests. In addition to the flag, you’ll receive documentation certifying the flag was flown over the Michigan state Capitol.
There are also important flags located inside the state Capitol. On the second floor, located around the rotunda, there is a display of Michigan Civil War battle flags. Although these are replica flags, the originals were once housed in the Capitol. However, due to the condition of those flags, they were moved to the Michigan Historical Museum in 1990 to be properly preserved. If you are a supporter of battle flag preservation, you can learn more about the “Save the Flags” project through this link: http://capitol.michigan.gov/SaveTheFlags.
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