When to Display American Flags at Half Mast

When must you travel in California, United States with your flag flown half or full staff? And, what does half-mast suggest? While half-staff and half-mast mean the same thing, a United States flag flown at half-staff is the one that is first raised to the top of the flagpole and then lowered to the center and. In most cases, flags are flown at full-staff. Flying at half-staff is more appropriate for special occasions or certain situations. These include examples such as the death of a President, Representative, Justice, or Congressman. Although half-mast is mainly flying a flag at half-staff out at sea, any United States flags flown at half should hold the American flag in the midpoint of the flagpole and other lesser flags, including city and state flags, should be displayed below the midpoint.


Texas American flags for all government properties should be flown at this stage for specific holidays. These holidays include Japanese Conflict Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Patriot Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and Peace Officers Memorial Day. On these days, the American flags must be flown at this position from dawn to sundown, but Memorial Day is an exception. On Memorial Day, United States flags should be at half until noon and from that time on, they must be moved to full-staff. The reason why the flags are flown at half is to show honor to those who lost their lives in all wars that America was involved in and the full-staff shows honor to the living nation.


Aside from these particular holidays, flags should be moved to half-staff whenever the Speaker of the House, a President, Vice President, or Person in Congress dies. More specifically, when a President dies, the flag is flown at half-staff for thirty days, while the flag is flown at the half for ten days when a Vice President, Chief Justice or Speaker of the House dies. When a current member of Congress dies, the flag is flown in this position for that day and then for the next day.


Apart from these cases, United States flags are flown at half-staff when the president issues a yearly proclamation demanding all government buildings to do so. Residents are invited to do so, as well, after the announcement is given. Aside from these cases, American flags cannot be moved to half-staff on any other grounds, particularly when a flag is displayed on a battleground. Read more about this at http://www.ehow.com/how_5648923_display-state-flag.html.