US Flag Standards


United States Flag Etiquette

The US Flag in Mourning

Excerpts from the US Flag Code


The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.

Covering Caskets

When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

How to fly at half staff

To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered.