|Facts about flying the United States flag at half-staff:|
- Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation on March 1, 1954 regarding the proper time and duration for flying the flag at half-staff.
- When flying the flag at half-staff, the flag should be raised to full-staff briskly for a moment and then lowered to half-staff reverently. When lowering the flag, it should be raised to full-staff briskly before being lowered reverently.
- On Memorial Day, the flag shall be flown at half-staff until noon, and then raised to full-staff until sunset.
- Upon the death of the President or former President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff for 30 days.
- Upon the death of the Vice President, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, or Speaker of the House of Representatives, the flag shall be flown at half-staff for 10 days.
- Upon the death of a Justice of the Supreme Court, a Cabinet member, 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, the flag shall be flown at half-staff at from the day of death until burial.
- On the day and day after the death of a United States Senator, House Representative, territorial delegate, or resident commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the flag shall be flown at half-staff in Washington, D.C. and the home state or territory of the official.
- Upon the death of a state governor (or territorial equivalent for U.S. possessions and territories) the flag shall be flown at half-staff on all federal facilities in that governor’s state from the day of the governor’s death until the day of burial.
- The flag shall be flown at half-staff upon executive order of the President after any other tragic events.
Only the President and state governors have the authority to order the flag to be flown at half-staff.
- The current law regarding the flying of the United States flag (including language specific to the flying of the flag at half-staff) is in the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 175.