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Flag Etiquette - Displaying the Flag at Half-staff
The flag may be flown at half-staff by Presidential proclamation or by your state governor.
On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon. Your flag can be flown at half-staff upon reliable information that a past or present President or Vice-President has died.
By statute, the President is requested to issue each year a proclamation requiring government buildings to half-staff the flag and inviting all the people of the US to do so as well, on the following days:
Governors of the several U.S. States or territories are authorized by federal law to order all U.S. and State flags in their jurisdiction flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for a state official or resident who has died. Since a Governor's Executive Order affects only his or her State, not the entire country, these orders are distinguished from Presidential proclamations.
Displaying the flag at half staff
When the flag is flown at the half-staff position, it should be be raised and lowered according to the following procedure:
When your US Flag is displayed on a short staff or on an indoor flag set where it cannot be lowered to half-staff the proper way to indicate mourning is by tying a black bow above a full-staffed US flag.
Displaying the flag at half staff on MEMORIAL DAY
On Memorial Day the flag is flown at half-staff only until NOON. The proper sequence for displaying the flag on this holiday we have set aside to remember the more than one million men and women who have died in defense of our Nation is:
Displaying the flag at half staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day
In 1962 the date of May 15th was designated as Peace Officer's Memorial Day, "in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. On this day the flag should be flown at half-staff for the full day, unless May 15th happens to ALSO be the third Saturday in May...ARMED FORCES DAY. In the rare occurrences when both holidays fall on the same date, the flag should be flown at the peak.
Displaying the flag at half staff as a symbol of Respect
Upon the death of great individuals or current or former government officials, the President of the United States can direct that the flag be flown from the half-staff position "as a mark of respect to their memory." When respect is thus shown upon the death of current or former United States government officials, the flag is flown at half staff according to the following:
Whenever a present or former official of State Government dies, the Governor of that State can direct that the United States Flag be flown at half-staff in respect to their memory.
Is the flag only flown at half-staff in respect to the memory of government officials?
Is the flag only flown at half-staff in respect to the memory of U.S. citizens?
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