Half-Mast/Half-Mass/Half-Staff

Discussion in 'Half Mast / Half Staff' started by littlefoote5@yahoo.com, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Is it not Half Mast when it is flying on a ship, half staff when it is flying on a flag pole? If so, when is it half mass? Is this a correct term?
     
  2. american_flag_uk

    american_flag_uk Moderator

    well ive never heard of half MASS before... maybe u head half MAST incorrectly or the person said it wrongly??

    the flag code refers to it as HALF STAFF referring to flagpoles on land.
     
  3. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    The terms "half-staff" and "half mast" mean the same thing, and can be used interchangably. I suspect that littlefoote5 is correct that "half staff" originally referred to land displays and "half mast" to ships. The Flag Code calls it "half-staff," probably because the original language of the code was adapted from Army rather than Navy regulations.

    The President's proclamation on 17 April used "half-staff," but also stated that it applied to flags flown on navy ships.

    Regards,

    Peter Ansoff
     
  4. Peter is correct. i was looking it up just a couple of days ago because i have a report due soon on the American Flag.
     
  5. balliss

    balliss Guest

    do I fly the flag at halh mast on memorial day
     
  6. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Memorial Day

    balliss: do I fly the flag at halh mast on memorial day

    According to paragraph 7m of the flag code, the flag should be flown at half-mast until noon on Memorial Day, and then raised to full mast.

    Regards,

    Peter Ansoff
     
  7. camccormick

    camccormick New Member

    Re: Memorial Day

    Is there a protocol for how long the flag remains at half staff for instance for the loss of an ambassador's life and those of the others in Libya? Thank you for your help.
     
  8. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Active Member

    Re: Memorial Day

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    The "Flag Code" (U.S. Code , Title 4, Chapter One: "The Flag", Section 7, sub-section M) does not mention Ambassadors by title in the section covering fly the Flag at "Half-Staff".

    http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm

    On Wednesday, September 12th, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a "Presidential Proclamation" regarding the flying of the U.S. Flag at half-staff for Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans killed in the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/12/presidential-proclamation-honoring-victims-attack-benghazi-libya


    I hope this answers your question.


    Robin Hickman
    Eugene, Oregon, USA
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  9. camccormick

    camccormick New Member

    Re: Memorial Day

    Many Thanks to you, Robin.

    Colleen
     
  10. doghouse33

    doghouse33 New Member

    Re: Memorial Day

    the procedure for putting the flag at half mast is to go all the way up fast and down to half mast slowly. So if the flag is already up for the day should the flag come all the way down and raised fast to the top and then down or just lowered down to half mast. thank you
     
  11. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Re: Memorial Day

    Hello, doghouse33,

    So if the flag is already up for the day should the flag come all the way down and raised fast to the top and then down or just lowered down to half mast.

    Could you explain your source and/or reasoning for this statement? Assuming that the flag is at full hoist when the decision is made to half-staff it, why can't the flag just be lowered to half-staff?
     

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