Why are flags at half-mast today? Half-mast announcements 26.-27. March

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Why do flags fly at half-staff?

Why are the United States flags flying at half-mast today? U.S. flags at government buildings and other locations across the country will fly at half-staff this weekend (Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27) in honor of former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright. Some states also fly their flags at half-mast for other reasons. Read on to learn more about why the flags are being lowered.


Flags fly for Madeleine Albright

Flags fly at half mast today in memory of Albright. President Joe Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation that the flags would fly at half-mast from March 23 until sundown on March 27.

Here is Biden’s proclamation:

Madeleine Albright was a force. She defied convention and repeatedly broke through barriers. She was an immigrant fleeing persecution. A fugitive in need of a safe haven. And like so many before her – and after – she was a proud American.

A devoted mother of three beloved daughters, she worked tirelessly to raise them while earning her PhD and beginning her career in American diplomacy. She first brought her talents to the Senate as an associate of Senator Edmund Muskie, followed by the National Security Council under President Carter. And then to the United Nations, where she served as United States Ambassador and eventually made history as our first female Secretary of State to be appointed by President Clinton. As a scholar, teacher, best-selling author, and later a savvy businesswoman, she always believed that America was the indispensable nation and inspired the next generation of civil servants to follow her example, including countless women leaders around the world. Madeleine has always been a force for kindness, grace and decency – and for freedom.

As a mark of respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright and her life of service to our nation, I hereby, by the authority conferred on me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, order that the The flag of the United States shall be flown at the White House and on all public buildings and property, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all federal government naval vessels in the District of Columbia and at half-mast throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset on the 27th of March 2022. I also command that the flag be flown at half-mast at all embassies, legations, consulates and other United States facilities for the same time abroad, including at all military installations and naval ships and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have laid my hand upon this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R BIDEN JR


States have additional proclamations of their own on half staff

Some states issued their own proclamations today to commemorate others who have died.

in the Alaska, Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a semi-staff writ until April 2, the day of US Representative Don Young’s memorial service. Young will also lie in state at the US Capitol on March 29.

in the MarylandGovernor Larry Hogan issued a staff warning for March 26 in honor of former State Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr., who represented Legislative District 10. Burns died on March 17th and his funeral is on Saturday March 26th.

Hogan also ordered flags at half staff on March 26 in honor of former Lt. Cmdr. gov. Samuel Bogley, who died March 10. Bogley served as Lieutenant Governor from 1979 to 1983 and his funeral will be on March 26.

In OhioGovernor Mike DeWine issued a flag half-staff order from March 23 to the day of Edward Long’s funeral, which is scheduled for March 27, WOWKTV reported. Long was a fireman for the Portsmouth City Fire Service. He died after suffering a medical emergency while on duty after returning from a phone call.


Flag Half-Staff Traditions

It is customary to fly the American flag only from sunrise to sunset, unless the flag is well lit overnight. In these cases, the flag can be displayed 24 hours a day. A number of holidays each year require the US flag to be lowered to half-staff. In addition, the President of the United States may order a proclamation that the flags be waved halfway when a prominent person dies or when a national tragedy occurs. State governors may also require national flags to be flown at half-staff in their state when a current or former government official dies.

If you’re wondering about the terms half-mast and half-mast, in the United States, half-mast refers to flags being lowered on a ship, while half-mast refers to a pole on the ground or a building, according to The Naval History and Heritage Commandos The Sextant. However, outside the United States, according to The Sextant, the more commonly used term is actually half-mast. The terms are mostly used synonymously in colloquial language.


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Ethan Gach

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