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Respecting the Flag and the Office for which it Stands

I’ve noticed something interesting in the past few days with the flags flying at half-mast. Most of our area businesses lowered their flags to the half-mast position in respect for the death of former President Ford, but after about a week, many returned their flags to full-staff, which does not comply with the United States flag code.

The United States Flag Code has clear rules with respect for the death of a sitting or former President.

Title 4; Chapter 1; Section 7(m) states:

The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress.

This was signed into law for government and military buildings by Dwight D Eisenhower, March 4, 1954. Granted the US Flag code applies strictly to government and military buildings, but is strongly recommended for residential and business flying, also. It’s a matter of respect for the office.

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