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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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.
Governor Bill Walker today ordered all Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday in honor of former Superior Court Judge Roy Madsen who passed away on December 26th at the age of 94.
UAE flag at half-staff in Abu Dhabi Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News Gulf News
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday ordered all courts in the country to fly the Philippine flag at half-staff for a week to honor members of security forces and civilians who have been killed in the clashes between government troops and Islamist terrorists in Marawi City.
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.
On Wednesday, President Obama issued a proclamation ordering all American flags at official buildings and posts at home and across the globe to be flown at half-staff through sunset on Friday, September 30, as "a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres.
flags remain at half-staff until sunset on June 16.
NORTHBRIDGE -- Flags around town are at half-staff, and the telephone poles lining the street where Army Spc.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (KUNA) -- US President Barack Obama ordered here Monday that the flag of the US to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13 people, including the gunman.
Code authorizes a governor to order flags flown at half-staff upon the death of a current or former state government official, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that state who dies while serving on active duty.
All flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday across the Russian Federation and in the Murmansk region.
By the decree of the governor of Osh region Sooronbay Zheenkekov, all flags in Osh region districts should be flown 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.