What does it mean when the US flag is flown at half mast?
Someone important has died. I t also shows respect for that person.
it is usually flown to symbolize a tragedy, it could be a person as stated above or it could be an event such as pearl harbor or 9/11
a memorial of some sort. for example if a president dies, or if troops die. Answer: Flying a flag at half-mast is a symbol of respect, mourning, or distress. The location of the half-mast position varies by country. Some, like Britain, fly the half mast-flag exactly one flag's width down from its normal position but no lower. Other countries, like the US, use the middle of the mast position but may allow up to the…
The US Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7, Subsection m consistently uses the term "half-staff." The whitehouse.gov website also consistently uses the phrase "half-staff." The other term, "half-mast," is used in certain on-line dictionaries. This term has naval connotations because ships have masts. For the general public either term should be readily understood to mean the same thing.
The ensign of a ship refers the the flag flown by commissioned vessels. The US uses the national flag. Some navies, such as the British Navy, have a special ensign for their vessels. It flies from the stern when in port and from the mast of the ship when at sea. "Shifting colors" takes place when a ship gets underway, the flag is lowered at the stern and raised on the mast.
Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff (also called "half mast") is an expression of honor and respect for the dead. The flag is flown regularly at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, then flown from the top of the staff from noon until sunset. It is flown at half-staff all day from sunrise until sunset on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15), except when it falls on Armed…