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Half-Staff Flag Days


Half-staff flag days are important to remember. Flying the flag at half-staff is an important way to remember and honor specific groups of people and individuals. Most of the half staff days are dictated by state or federal organizations such as a Governor of a state or the President of the United States, and are given on a spur of the moment basis such as when an important figure or public servant dies.


There are however national days setup in law to fly the US flag at half staff. These dates are as follows:

1. International Firefighters Memorial Day - May 4th - Sunrise to Sunset

2. Peace Officer's Memorial Day - May 15th - Sunrise to Sunset

3. Memorial Day - the last Monday in May - Sunrise until NOON

4. National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day - July 27th - Sunrise to Sunset

5. Patriot's Day - September 11th - Sunrise to Sunset

6. Pearl Harbor Remembrence Day - December 7th - Sunrise to Sunset

Setting your flag to half staff is a respectful way to honor those that are being remembered. These brave men and women gave their lives for you, lower the flag for them.

How to fly the US flag at half staff

To fly the flag at half-staff, you can follow these steps:
  1. Raise the flag briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment
  2. Lower the flag slowly to half-staff, which is any point between 1/2 the height of the flapgole and 3/4 the height of the flagpole
  3. Before lowering the flag for the day, raise it to the top of the flagpole again
  4. Lower the flag slowly to the ground and remove from the flagpole