half-staff half-staff


  • (n) a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress


  1. Next the Danish flag and finally the NATO flag were raised and left to rest at half-staff.
  2. A flag flies at half-staff in honor of Ted Kennedy at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
  3. Flags were lowered to half-staff.


  1. Governor orders flags at half-staff to honor Gandolfini

    Governor Chris Christie is ordering flags to fly at half-staff on all state buildings Monday to honor New Jersey native James Gandolfini. The 51-year-old Gandolfini died of a heart attack Wednesday. "It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of James Gandolfini," stated the governor. On Friday, Christie signed an executive order regarding the U.S. and state flags to recognize the ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey

  2. NJ flags to fly at half-staff for Gandolfini

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Monday in memory of "Sopranos" star and New Jersey native James Gandolfini.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Gov. Christie orders flags fly half-staff in memory of James Gandolfini

    Governor Chris Christie has ordered all New Jersey government flags be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of James Gandolfini. Christie called the “Sopranos” star and New Jersey native an “iconic actor, who left a timeless impact.” Today I …
    on June 22, 2013     Source: WPIX 11 New York


  1. Last and hardly least, President Bush said: "The devastation in the region defies comprehension. ...... Our flags will fly at half-staff to honor the victims of this disaster. We mourn especially the tens of thousands of children who are lost. We...
    on Jan 11, 2005 By: President Bush Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  2. In his address, Obama said that "In tribute to those who fell at Ft. Hood, I've ordered flags flying over the White House, and other federal buildings to be lowered to half-staff from now until Veterans Day next Wednesday."
    on Nov 6, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Politico

  3. "I'm tired of these politicians who show up when the bagpipes are waving and the flags are at half-staff and they talk about heroes in America," Kerry said. "And then they go back to Washington, and when the flags are at full staff again and...
    on Feb 17, 2004 By: John Kerry Source: WVEC.com (subscription)

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