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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.