US FLAG – Half Mast

-Your Historical Society will be putting our flag at the proper half-mast whenever we have a proclamation to do so…. We have purchased the black ribbon to put on our flag to be doing it correctly.

————-Proclamation————–
Former Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Governor Kirk served as Florida’s Governor from 1967 to 1971. Governor Kirk will lie in state at the Historic Capitol Building on Friday, September 30, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

In memory of Governor Kirk, Governor Scott hereby orders the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Historic Capitol Building from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 30, 2011, and at all State owned buildings and all Courthouses and City Halls throughout Florida, including the Historic Capitol Building, from sunrise to sunset on Monday, October 3, 2011.
How to fly your flag at Half Staff
What sort of flag pole are you using?

When raising the flag to half staff on a vertical pole, always raise it briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment before lowering it. When taking it down for the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again & lower it to the bottom.

With a telescoping flag pole it is acceptable to put the USA flag on the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set would be left empty.

When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, State & other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.

For flags that can’t be lowered, such as those on many homes, the American Legion says that attaching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an acceptable alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.

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One Response to US FLAG – Half Mast

  1. Auntie Kate says:

    How interesting. I didn’t know about the black ribbon option for non-lowerable flags. Thanks!

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