STATEHOUSE NEWS


36-Star Flag in Ohio Statehouse Rotunda
An historic Thirty-Six Star American Flag is on display in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. The 155-year-old flag was flown over Capitol Square in 1865 when the body of Abraham Lincoln lay in repose in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse. The display includes an exhibit of Civil War artifacts related to the Lincoln funeral train. This exhibit is open to the public in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda this weekend until Veterans Day. The Ohio Statehouse is closed Monday for Memorial Day.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) welcomes the return of the Thirty-Six Star flag that flew over Capitol Square during the repose of President Abraham Lincoln, on April 29, 1865. The flag originally was presented to David Nevin Murray of Portsmouth, Ohio for his contributions to the war effort on behalf of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Since then, Murray and succeeding members of his family lent the flag for parades, memorials, and special events, including the inaugurations of Governor John W. Bricker and Governor Frank Lausche at the Ohio Statehouse. In 1945, the flag hung in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda as a memorial for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The flag was donated to the Ohio History Connection in 2016 by David N. Murray’s great, great granddaughters, Lt. Colonel Mary K. Van Tilburg and Dr. Emmalou Van Tilburg. The flag is on loan from the Ohio History Connection until Veterans Day.

Included in this display is an exhibit of artifacts related to the Lincoln funeral journey on loan from the descendants of Brig. General John C. Caldwell, a member of the Guard of Honor on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865.

The Ohio Statehouse is open to the public during working hours. Social distancing and face coverings are encouraged. Guided tours have been postponed until further notice. The Ohio Statehouse is closed on Memorial Day and on state holidays.

Pictures available at http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/thirty-six-star-flag-in-rotunda

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Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse
To honor Memorial Day, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from sunrise until noon on May 25, 2020. Please remember that when this expires, the flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Annie Glenn’s Memorial Service – June 6, 2020.
 
 
 

Half-staff flags in honor of victims of coronavirus
To honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio until sunset on May 24, 2020. Please remember that when this expires, the flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Annie Glenn’s Memorial Service – June 6, 2020.
 
 
 

In honor of Annie Glenn's life and service
In honor of the life, service, and contributions of Annie Glenn, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio until sunset on the day of her memorial service. [updated 5-19-2020 to include the State of Ohio]
 
 
 

Half-staff flags at Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of former Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff, the flags shall be flown at half-staff at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
 
 
 

Remember Kent State
In honor of the lives of those killed and injured and those whose lives were forever altered by the tragedy of May 4, 1970, at Kent State University, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all state-owned buildings throughout the state and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower, at 12:24 p.m. until sunset.
 
 
 

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2020

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board postpones April Board Meeting

(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will not meet Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Flags on March 23, 2020
In honor of the life and services of Ohio State Representative Don Manning and Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant, the flags of the United States & the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Mahoning County, Hamilton County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, & Rhodes Tower until sunset on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
 
 
 
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