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Normal protocol is to fly the flag at half mast to commemmorate the death of a public figure or on certain holidays such as Memorial Day.

When flying a flag at half mast, it should be raised to full height and then lowered to half mast. When lowering a flag that is at half mast, raise it to full height and then lower it.

In the United States, 4 USC section 7(m) specifies that the flag should be flown at half mast:

  • Upon the death of a president or former president of the US, for thirty days
  • Upon the death of a current vice-president, chief justice, or speaker of the house, for ten days
  • Upon the death of an associate justice of the supreme court, a cabinet or military secretary, a governor or a former vice-president, from death until interment
  • Upon the death of a member of congress, for that day and the following day
  • On Memorial Day, until noon
  • Whenever the president issues a proclamation that it should be done (state governors can proclaim a half-mast day in their own states as well); traditionally this is done at least on Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) and on September 11, though the president or governor may choose to order additional ones as deemed proper
  • On May 15 (Peace Officers Memorial Day), unless that day is also Armed Forces Day
  • On the day of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, usually the first Sunday in October

Strictly speaking, this applies only to the US flag; however, since no other flag may be flown above the US flag, in practice it affects state and local flags and banners also.

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