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National Flag at Half Staff

List of occasions when the flag would be authorized to be flown at half staff

Presidential Proclamation:  Per Presidential Proclamation 3044 of 1 March 1954 and amplified by Department of Defense Instruction 1005.6 of 13 December 1956, the following instructions apply to flying the national flag at half staff.

Upon receipt of notification:  The flag will be lowered to half staff upon receipt of notification of death of one of the designated officials from any reliable source, including news media.

Memorial Day: Per paragraph 1-10 of AR 600-25

On Memorial Day, the national flag will be displayed at half staff from reveille until noon at all Army installations. Immediately before noon, the band, if one is available, will play an appropriate musical selection, and at 1200 hours the national salute (21 guns) will be fired at all installations provided with the necessary equipment for firing salutes. At the conclusion of the salute, the flag will be hoisted to the top of the staff and will remain there until retreat. When hoisted to the top of the staff, the flag will be saluted by playing appropriate patriotic music.

 

 

 

 

 

List of Occasions when the Flag would be authorized to be flow at half staff:

Death of Location of flag Period
President, former President, or President elect All installations, activities, and vessels of DA in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions. U.S. embassies abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. 30 days from day of death during prescribed hours (reveille to retreat)
Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives All installations, activities, and vessels of the Department of the Army in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions. 10 days from day of death during prescribed hours (reveille to retreat)
Associate Justice of Supreme Court, a member of the Cabinet, a former Vice President, President pro tempore of the Senate, Majority or Minority Leader of the Senate, Majority or Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Former Secretary of Defense, a Service Secretary, Chairman or former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff or former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, General of the Army All installations, activities, and vessels of DA in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions. During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) from day of death until retreat on day of interment. Exception: Flags flown at place of burial will be hoisted to the top after the last salvo or volley is fired over the grave.
General (Army 4 star) active or retired All installations, activities, and vessels of DA in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions. During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) on day of interment. Exception: Military installation where funeral takes place. During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) from day of death until flag is hoisted after the last salvo or volley has been fired over the grave.
United States Senator, Representative, Territorial Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico All installations and activities of DA in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia. All installations and activities of DA in the State, Congressional District, Territory, or Commonwealth of such Senator, Representative, Delegate or Commissioner, respectively Day of death and the following day during prescribed hours (reveille to retreat). During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) from day of death until retreat on day of interment. Exception: Flags flown at place of burial will be hoisted to the top after the last salvo or volley is fired over the grave.
Governor of a State, territory, or possession All installations and activities of DA located in the State, territory, or possession of the deceased governor. During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) from day of death until retreat on day of interment. Exception: Flags flow at place of burial will be hoisted to the top after the last salvo or volley is fired over the grave.
Other officials, former officials, or foreign dignitaries To be displayed in accordance with orders or instructions as may be issued by or at the direction of the President, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. As directed by or at the direction of the President
Sergeant Major of the Army or former Sergeant Major of the Army To be displayed in accordance with orders or instructions as may be issued by or at the direction of the President, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) on day of interment. Exception: Military installation where funeral takes place. During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) from day of death until flag is hoisted after the last volley has been fired over the grave.
Army officer on the active or retired list and not covered above and active enlisted personnel. *Military installation where funeral or death takes place *If interment takes place on the installation: During prescribed hours on day of interment (reveille to retreat) until flag is hoisted to the top after the last salvo or volley has been fired over the grave. *If interment takes place off the installation: During prescribed hours (reveille to retreat) from day of death until remains are removed from the installation.
*Warrant officer, Cadets of the United States Military Academy or enlisted personnel inactive or retired. *Military installation where funeral takes place. *During the funeral: Flag will be hoisted to the top after final volley is fired over the grave. If the remains are not interred on the installation, flag will be hoisted to the top after the remains have been removed from the installation.
 
Notes:

1 Location of flag. At joint installations or commands, the procedures prescribed by the responsible military commander or the executive agent will be executed uniformly by all the U.S. military units present.