Flags are patriotic symbols that come with their own code of etiquette, much of which is defined by federal law. While it is accepted that the American flag will be flown at half-staff on any solemn occasion, the U.S. Flag Code also stipulates that it must be flown at half-staff upon the death of certain members of the government or military. If you aren't familiar with the federal law that defines how and when to display this American banner, consider the following information.
Understanding the Etiquette
Flying Them at Half-Staff
The U.S. Flag Code states that the American flag should be flown at half-staff when ordered by the President. Presidential orders are usually given when the entire nation is in mourning. Additionally, federal law mandates that they fly at half-staff after the death of principal figures of the United States Government. This includes members of Congress, heads of the military, state governors, and foreign dignitaries. State governors also have the power to order the national symbol lowered to half-staff. It is also custom for them to be flown at half-staff on holidays involving military remembrance, including Memorial Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Patriot Day, and Peace Officers Memorial Day.
How They Should Be Displayed
Flags should be hoisted to the peak for a few seconds before being lowered to a halfway position between the top and bottom of the pole. When taken down for the day, they should again be raised to the top of the pole, held for several seconds, and lowered. They should also be flown at half-staff for no less than 30 days after the death of a current or former president, and for ten days when a sitting vice-president dies.
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