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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Cuomo ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 3rd until interment in honor of former Cayuga County undersheriff Stephen McLoud, who died from an illness resulting from his work at the World Trade Center site following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The Philippine and the provincial flags fly at half-staff at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol as the province mourned the passing of former governor Simplicio Grino at the age of 85.
"The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Beirut is committed to the national mourning declared by the Lebanese government, flying the Turkish flag at half-staff for two days, and closing its doors on Thursday, May 16, 2019," the statement read.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's flag will fly at half-staff today in solidarity with the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.
""Liberalism needs evolution, its academia's responsibility to think of solution", he continued.Pakistan's flag is flying at half-staff today in solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.
The Philippine flag at the town hall was at half-staff on Monday.
flag that flies above the New York Stock Exchange at half-staff in honor of the former president.
He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C." Furthermore, Trump ordered flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days "in honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W.
US President Donald Trump has ordered all US flags on government property to be flown at half-staff through October 31 over the killing of 11 person in an attack on a synagogue on Saturday - Reuters WASHINGTON - 28 October 2018: US President Donald Trump has ordered all US flags on government property to be flown at half-staff through October 31 over the killing of 11 person in an attack on a synagogue on Saturday, the Voice of America reported.
Capitol, meanwhile, remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican, who died Saturday of brain cancer.
Flags flew at half-staff at the White House on Sunday.
"It is with heavy heart that I announced the untimely death of General James Ajongo, the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army's Chief of Defense forces," Makuei said.THREE DAYS MOURNING He said the government has declared three days of national mourning to honour the veteran commander and ordered that the South Sudanese flag be flown at half-staff.
Summary: Washington DC [United States], Feb 16 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Thursday mourning the victims of the deadly shooting at Florida high school, ordering American flags to be flown at half-staff.
UAE flag at half-staff in Abu Dhabi Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News Gulf News
Flags across the country were set to be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of the late John Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the planet. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation this week ordering the lowering of the flags "as a mark of respect" in the astronaut's memory.