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Displaying the Flag at Half-Staff


There are four specific occasions during which the flag of the United States is flown at half-staff, or at the mid-way point of the staff or pole to which it is attached:

  • Memorial Day

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day

  • At the Direction of the President

  • At the Direction of a State's Governor

Displaying the flag at half staff 175 m

When the flag is flown at the half-staff position, it should be be raised and lowered according to the following procedure:


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:

  1. In the morning the flag should be attached to the halyard and raised briskly to the top of the flag pole, then slowly lowered to the mid-way point of the pole.
  2. At noon the flag should be raised to the top of the flag pole.
  3. At the end of the day the flag should be slowly and ceremoniously lowered and removed.


Displaying the flag at half staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day   175 m

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."  175m  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.  175m

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