Governor McKee Directs Rhode Island Flags Lowered Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee has ordered the Rhode Island flag to be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and buildings in honor of former State Representative William L. “Bud” Alves. The flag will be lowered beginning Wednesday, August 25 and return to full staff at sunrise on Thursday, August 26. “Whether it was as a State Representative or as a star athlete in his beloved West Warwick, everything that William Alves did, he gave it his all, doing so not for himself, but for those around him,” McKee said. “He was always willing to accept a challenge, and his love of his family, town, and state will always be remembered.” McKee also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a mark of respect. Check the flag status at governor.ri.gov.