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how come flags are half staff

Half-mast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Half-mast **

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The Austrian flag flying at half-staff before the Austrian Parliament
Building, due to the death of President Thomas Klestil, on July 7, 2004.

*Half mast*, also known as *half-staff*, is the term describing flying a
flag below the summit of the flagpole (mast). This is done in many
countries as a symbol of respect, mourning, or distress.

The tradition of flying the flag at half-mast began in the 17th
century,^[1] perhaps to allow "the invisible flag of death" to fly at the
top of the mast—which signified death's presence, power, and
prominence.^[2] In some countries, for example the UK, and especially in
military contexts, a "half-mast" flag is still flown exactly one flag's
height down from its normal position, and no lower, to allow for this flag
of death. This was the original flag etiquette. It is now standard,
especially outside the UK, to fly the flag at halfway down the mast
regardless of the size of the flag or hoist. (For modern UK practice see

When hoisting a flag that is to be displayed at half-mast, it should be
hoisted to the finial for an instant, then lowered to half-mast. Likewise
when it is lowered at the end of the day, it is to be hoisted to the finial
for an instant, and then lowered.

In the US, the term "half-mast" is commonly used colloquially to refer to
half-staff, although US law and military tradition indicate that
"half-mast" is generally reserved to usage aboard a ship, where flags are

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-mast

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