answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer

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.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2011-05-27 14:02:39
This answer is:
๐Ÿ™
0
๐Ÿคจ
0
๐Ÿ˜ฎ
0
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: When do you lower the flag to half mast?
Write your answer...
Submit
Related questions

How should the flag be lowered half staff?

Raise the flag to the truck (the flagpole top-piece) then lower the flag to half mast.


What days do you fly the flag at half mast?

A flag is flown at half-mast to indicate a death.


When the US flag is at half mast should the Papal flag also be at half mast?

The Papal flag should be full staff


What procedure must be followed for a flag to fly at half-mast?

The flag must first be hoisted to the top of the mast momentarily, and then it is lowered to the half mast position and secured.


When is the Irish flag flown at half mast?

the Irish flag is flown at half-mast on the death of a national or international figure.


What does the American flag at half mast mean?

Flying a flag at half-mast is done to commemorate a tragedy of some kind.


When the American flag is flown lower than usual what is it called?

Half-mast. Usually due to tragedies.


What regular yearly days do you fly Canadian flag at half mast?

You only fly a Canadian flag at half mast when you are mourning.


How do you fly a flag at half mast?

You fly a half-mast flag by quickly raising it into the air and then slowly dropping it half way, tie it off, and you are done!


Do you lower the American flag at half mast on Memorial Day?

yes from dawn until noon local time


Flying flags at half mast in Canada?

The canadian flag is flown at half mast to represent mourning.


Why is a flag flown upside down and at half mast?

A flag flown upside down is an official signal of distress. A flag flown at half mast, is a mark of respect or mourning.


What does it mean to fly a us flag at half-mast?

The US flag is flown at halfmast as symbol of mourning.


What does it mean flag is half-mast?

it means that someone who is important has died.


When a flag is flown at half mast what does this mean?

When a flag is flown at half mast, it means that someone important (president, high member of congress) has died.


Why flags at half mast today?

Flags Are At Half Mast to Honor A loss of someone who died for our american flag.


Who authorizes a flag flown at half mast?

Because


How high is half mast?

Halfway down the flag pole the flag is attached to.


Is the flag ever lowered at the tomb of the unknown soldier?

The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington is always at half mast. The only US flag never at half mast is on the moon.


Why ate Flags half mast today?

Flags Are At Half Mast to Honor A loss of someone who died for our american flag.


Why does the flag have to be raised up before being put into half-mast position?

By tradition, it is the lowering of the flag that conveys respect. If you just raise the flag to the half-mast position, it hasn't been lowered.


Why is the flag sometimes flown at half mast or halfway up the flagpole?

To acknowledge the death of an important public figure such as a Senator or Governor. ----------------------------------------------------- By GBaughma: Flying a flag at half-mast is a sign of mourning. It doesn't necessarily have to be an important public figure; it would be perfectly acceptable to fly a flag at half mast at your home if there was a death in your family (especially a soldier). Flags were flown at half-mast after 9/11. Flags have been flown at half-mast for the assassination of presidents.


When an important American dies they fly the flag and this is called?

Flying the flag at half mast.


Why is the flag half mast?

Because someone important has died.


Is a flag pole called a staff or a mast?

A flag pole is also called a flag staff. Flags are flown at half-mast when famous people die, but I have never heard of a flag mast. However, the English Oxford dictionary says that a mast can be a flagpole ( as well as a TV antenna)