Half Staff Information

Flying Your Flag(s) at Half Staff

To properly raise the American flag to half staff on a vertical (standard) flagpole, always raise it quickly to the top of the flagpole for a moment and then lower it to half staff. When taking the flag down for the night, raise it to the top of the flag pole once again and then lower it to the bottom for removal. While your American Flag is flying at half staff other flags, should be removed or also flown under it at half-staff.

Most half staff flag days imply that the American flag is at half staff from sunrise until sunset on the days included within the order. Memorial day is the only recurring exception, as the American flag is at half staff from sunrise until noon only on Memorial Day.

While only the President of the United States and individual state Governors can order a half-staff flag day and decide when and how long the it should be flown at half-staff., private citizens and non-governmental building can opt to flag their flags at half-staff for more local reasons such as religious, community and other losses very local. The US Flag Code is a code, it's purpose is to provide guidance and is not obligatory, nor meant to be. There are no penalties civil or criminal for not following them, misuse, use, or even destruction of the American Only on government / public building are required follow the flag code.

Flags are flown at half-staff for a predetermined time and number of days. Some examples below indicate in different event how many days the flags fly at half staff. In the case of an order, the number of days and time to fly at half-staff are included in the order.

  • 30 after the death of a president or former president
  • 10 days after the death of a vice president, the chief of justice or a retired chief of justice or the speaker of the house of representatives
  • Until the burial of an associate justice of the Supreme Court, secretary of any military department, a former vice president, or the governor of a state, territory, or possession
  • On the day of as well as the day after the death of a member of Congress
  • On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-Staff until noon, then raised to full staff until sundown.

Half Staff Proclamation - Remembering 9/11/01

President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2012, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities. I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration."

Half Staff Days

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15
  • Patriot Day on September 11
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7
  • President's Day on the third Monday in February
  • Flag Day on June 14
  • Veteran's Day on November 11
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