at half-mast

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at half-mast

Partially raised or lowered. The phrase most often describes a flag that has been lowered to honor a recently-deceased person. After our former president died, flags were at half-mast all across the country. My daughter came home from the park covered in dirt, her ponytail at half-mast.

at half-mast

 and at half-staff
[of a flag] halfway up or down its flagpole. The flag was flying at half-mast because the general had died. Americans fly flags at half-staff on Memorial Day.

at half-mast

Halfway up or down, as in The church bells tolled off and on all day and the flags were at half-mast. This term refers to placing a flag halfway up a ship's mast or flagpole, a practice used as a mark of respect for a person who has died or, at sea, as a distress signal. Occasionally the term is transferred to other objects, as in Tom's pants were at half-mast as he raced around the playground, or The puppy's tail was at half-mast. [First half of 1600s]
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4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities to fly at half-staff to honor former United States Senator and Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Shultz Schweiker.
flags to fly at half-staff to honor firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Obama also signed a proclamation ordering that the American flag to be flown at half-staff "at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012.
Flags at all State institutions will fly at half-staff.
Following the governor's decree, the United States flag and Illinois State flag fly at half-staff to honor those Illinois residents who are members of the armed forces and die by hostile fire or who are law enforcement officers and die in the line of duty.
Flags flew at half-staff, public entertainment was cancelled and national newspapers printed the day's issue in black and white to observe a government-designated day of mourning across China on Wednesday for victims of last week's earthquake in the western province Qinghai.
The firework display at Disneyland on Monday, the daily light show at night and the twice-weekly horse racing scheduled for Wednesday were all canceled, while government buildings, most private companies and schools will fly their flags at half-staff for three days.
Ted Kulongoski ordered all flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff today in memory of Pfc.
Flags were flown at half-staff Monday at City Hall in honor of former Los Angeles Police Department chief and state Senator Ed Davis, who died Saturday evening.
Flags flown at half-staff should first be raised to the peak and then lowered to the half-staff position.
Flags will fly at half-staff for the day, while internal radios will go silent at 12:18 p.
Stars & Stripes at half-staff, with a gold border around the flag.
and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities statewide to fly at half-staff on Saturday, Dec.
SPRINGFIELD - Flags are flying at half-staff in memory of Ed Harms, a former mayor and longtime city attorney who died Saturday.
Each officer in Simi Valley will wear a black stripe across his or her badge, flags will be flown at half-staff and department chaplains will offer a prayer for the nationwide observance honoring fallen officers.