Yesterday, I wrote an article explaining when, why, and how, to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff. After publishing the article, it was pointed out that one small piece of critical information was missing. I will rectify that today.
This photograph was taken in September (Patriot’s Day) at a shopping center near where I live, and is a classic example of what NOT to do. I wrote an article about the problem here.
The U.S. flag is never to be eclipsed by another flag, state, city, or company. This is covered in Section 7(c) of the U.S. Flag Code.
That means when you lower the American flag to half-staff, all other flags must be lowered to half-staff as well. In fact, most state flag codes list the same half-staff days as the federal code so this assures compliance with your state flag codes.
So remember, when lowering the U.S. flag to half-staff, lower the other flags first, then lower the American flag.