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- n. See half-mast.
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- n. Half-mast.
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- n. a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
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It was the flags at half-staff when they finally came home.
I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same periods at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
I also direct that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.
I don't mean to deny any honorifics or acknowledgment of those killed, however I don't believe that Director Panetta is authorized to have flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff.
In honor and memory of the dead, he requested that the flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff.
I believe that only the President may order flags flown at half-staff on Federal installations.
Jan Brewer ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff.
Flags flew at half-staff across the country, and Prime Minister John Key asked the nation's 4.5 million people to join in a show of unity for people "enduring tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine."
The Japanese flag flies at half-staff at the Japanese Embassy in Washington where locals talk about their fears and concerns following the Sendai earthquake and tsunami:
President Obama has ordered that U.S. flags on official buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day Buckles is buried.