Flags to be lowered to honor late DPD sergeant

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The State of Michigan will lower all American flags in the State Capitol Complex to half-staff on Thursday to honor the Sgt. Kevin Miller, 49, the 29-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department who died while on duty on June 29, Gov. Rick Snyder announced via Twitter.

“Sgt. Miller dedicated much of his life to protecting and serving the citizens of Detroit,” Snyder said in a statement. “I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and community.”

Miller’s funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greater Grace Temple on West Seven Mile in Detroit. The state is encouraging “residents, businesses, schools, local government and other organizations” to join it in honoring Sgt. Miller.

Flags should be returned to full-staff on July 8, the statement said.

“When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position,” the statement explained. “The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.”

jdickson@detroitnews.com