“Half-staff” refers to the point on the flagpole which is halfway between the top and the bottom of the pole. Flying the flag at half-staff is a sign of mourning. When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted briskly to the peak, then immediately slowly and respectfully lowered to the half-staff position. Click here to view our Flag Holidays calendar.
When displaying flags of two or more nations together, they should be flown on separate poles of the same height and all of the flags should be approximately the same size. International etiquette forbids the display of the flag of one nation above another in time of peace.
Flags in an international display should be flown in the following order beginning from the furthest left (as they will be most commonly viewed): The U.S. flag, then the International flags in alphabetical order.
If you have additional questions regarding flag etiquette that were not answered in this article, then it is not a part of the U.S. flag code, and thus dependent on local guidelines or open for interpretation. But if there are flag display questions you would like our help answering, let us know! Call us at 800-369-8085 or email us at [email protected].