This is to advise you that Governor Martin O’Malley has ordered the Maryland State Flag to be flown at half-staff on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from sunrise to sunset. This is in honor of Judge Lloyd L. Simpkins, who died on August 24, 2014. Judge Simpkins served as Secretary of State from 1961 to 1967 and served in the House of Delegates from 1950 to 1958 where he was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Council. This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.