How To Fly Your Flag @ HALF-STAFF To Commemorate "PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY"

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    "HOW TO FLY YOUR FLAG AT HALF-STAFF" To Commemorate "PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY"


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    Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 is PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY - The 75th Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor, Hawaii On SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 1941.

    "HOW TO FLY YOUR FLAG AT HALF-STAFF"

    ©Robin Hickman (12-06-2016)
    December 6th, 2016 · Eugene, Oregon, USA


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    "HOW TO FLY YOUR FLAG AT HALF-STAFF"

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 is PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY - The 75th Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor, Hawaii On SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 1941.

    By Federal Law & Custom, and Presidential Proclamation, "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" is a day when Flags at ALL Federal Buildings, Locations, Institutions, Parks, and Military Installations and Ships are to fly their Flags at "HALF-STAFF" to Commemorate and Honor ALL Miltary Personnel for their Service & Sacrifices during the attack on the Military Bases in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Sunday, December 7th, 1941.

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered all Flags at State Government Public Buildings and Institutions throughout the State of Oregon be flown at "HALF-STAFF" from Sunrise to Sunset tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, to observe Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and to commemorate and honor ALL those who were serving our Nation during The Attack On Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 75 Years Ago On SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 1941.

    Although it is NOT mandatory for NON-governmental institutions, businesses, and civilians to fly their Flags at "HALF-STAFF, ALL are encouraged to do so. To Honor and pay your respects to ALL those who were serving their Country in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, then flying your own Flag at "HALF-STAFF is an appropriate way to do it!

    HOW TO FLY YOUR FLAG AT HALF-STAFF For "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" :

    [ NOTE : Flags that are flown ALL the time (24/7) should always have a LIGHT that shines on (illuminates) them all night long. ]

    Flagpoles With Halyards :

    IF - You raise your U.S. Flag every morning and lower it every evening, then your Flag, when flown at half-staff, should first be hoisted briskly up to the peak (top) of your flagpole for an instant and then slowly lowered down to the half-staff position. In the late afternoon, before Sunset, your Flag should be again raised briskly up to the peak before it is slowly lowered all the way back down and removed for the evening. ( NOTE : IF you are flying TWO (2) Flags on your halyard, then lower the Flags so that they are "straddling" the Half-Staff position. )

    IF - You fly your U.S. Flag 24/7, then you can fly your Flag at half-staff simply by lowering it down to the half-staff position in the morning, then raising it back up to full-staff in the late afternoon, before Sunset. ( NOTE : IF you are flying TWO (2) Flags on your halyard, then lower the Flags so that they are "straddling" the Half-Staff position. )

    FIXED/Static Flagpoles :

    IF - You have a Flag that is flown in a "fixed" (unmovable) position on your flagpole, and it cannot be lowered down to half-staff (which is usually the case for those who have "house" (or porch) Flags mounted on 5' to 7' poles), then tie a black "Mourning Ribbon" (2"-3" wide and about the same length as your Flag) or a black "Mourning Bow" to the top end of your flagpole in the morning.
    If you take down your Flag & Pole in the evening, then you can remove the mourning ribbon/bow anytime. If your Flag is illuminated overnight, then you can simply remove the Mourning Ribbon/Bow in the late afternoon, before Sunset.


    TELESCOPIC/Telescoping Flagpoles :

    IF - You fly your Flag(s) from a TWO-Flag "TELESCOPIC" flagpole that has connections for TWO (2) Flags, then in the morning, lower the telescoping sections all the way down (if necessary) and remove both Flags and re-connect ONLY your U.S. Flag to the LOWER (bottom Flag) position so that the TOP (upper Flag) position is EMPTY. While this will not place your Flag in the "true" half-staff position, it will clearly show your intent to honor those who were serving our Country.
    In the late afternoon, before Sunset, IF you normally remove your Flag(s) in the evening, then do so. IF your Flag(s) are properly illuminated overnight, then simply reverse the process so that your Flag(s) are back in their original position(s) and raise the telescoping sections back up to full height.


    IF - You fly your Flag from a ONE-Flag "TELESCOPIC" flagpole that has connections for ONLY ONE Flag, then in the morning, lower the telescoping sections all the way down and attach a "Mourning Ribbon" (or "Mourning Bow") to the very top of the flagpole. Usually there is an ornamental ball or eagle ("finial") that screws into the top of the pole and this will be what you attach the Mourning Ribbon (or Bow) to. Telescope ALL of the sections all the way up.
    In the late afternoon, before Sunset, IF... You normally remove your Flag in the evening, then do so (including the Mourning Ribbon/Bow too). IF... Your Flag is properly illuminated overnight, then simply reverse the process, remove the Mourning Ribbon/Bow and raise the telescoping sections back up to full height.

    PLEASE . . . . .


    IF - For ANY reason you can NOT properly "Half-Staff" your Flag, or tie a Mourning Ribbon/Bow to your flagpole, or you normally don't fly your Flag unless it's a "holiday", PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE fly your Flag at Full-Staff (if necessary) to honor ALL those who were serving, sacrificing, and dying at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of Sunday, December 7th, 1941.

    Thank You, ONE & ALL !!!

    Patriotically Yours,

    Robin Hickman
    ("Your Friendly Neighborhood Flag Man" & U.S. Navy Veteran)
    Eugene, Oregon, USA.
    (Tuesday, December 6th, 2016)


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