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Why is the flag at half-staff today 2021?

Why is the flag at half-staff today 2021?

MEMORANDUM: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directed all flags to be lowered to half-staff.

Why are flags currently half-mast?

The NSW state flag has been in use since 1876. The flag is flown on special occasions and at half-mast as a sign of remembrance.

What are the rules for lowering a flag to half mast?

The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

Can you fly a flag at half-mast for anyone?

Answer: No, only the President of the United States or the Governor of your State may order the flag to be half-staffed. Those individuals and agencies that usurp authority and display the flag at half-staff on inappropriate occasions are quickly eroding the honor and reverence accorded this solemn act.

Are there any rules for flying the Aboriginal flag?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are equal in status and can be flown on either side of the national flag. There is no rule stating that the Aboriginal flag must be to the right of the Australian National Flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag on the left of the Australian National Flag or vice versa.

Why is the Aboriginal flag not an emoji?

The emojis will feature the Aboriginal flag and a boomerang and are coming to Android and IOS devices via a new app. According to Unicode, the Aboriginal flag has already been rejected so the designers of the emojis have decided to create their own app, which features the emojis.

Is the Aboriginal flag official?

The colours of the flag represent the Aboriginal people of Australia and their connection to the land. The flag was first raised on 9 July 1971. In 1995, the Aboriginal flag was recognised by the Australian Government as an official ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953.

Is it illegal to fly a foreign flag in the US?

The Flag Code requires that the US flag be flown on federal institutions, including public schools. It does not require you to fly the US flag and it does not forbid you from displaying a foreign flag.

When to fly flags half staff?

Normally speaking the only time a flag should be flown at half staff for 30 days is following the death a President, former or sitting. 10 days for other ranking officials, or in some cases the day of their death and one day after, or from the day of their death until internment.

How long do flags fly half staff?

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the flag should fly at half-staff for 30 days following the death of a current or former president, and for 10 days after the death of the vice president and other government officials.

Why our flags are flown at half-mast?

According to the VA, flags are flown at half-staff (or half-mast, in naval terms) when the “whole nation is at mourning.” Sometimes, individual states and cities will decide to honor a local or regional loss with a half-staff flag.

What does the flag at half staff mean?

Flying a flag at half-staff or half-mast is a sign for grief and mourning. It is flown following the death of certain government officials, in times of national distress, on various holidays, and at any other time it is instructed by the president or government.