RC Flag at half-staff

Flags across the United States fly at half-mast until the sunsets on Friday in honor of General Collin Powell.

Flags across the United States fly at half-mast until the sunsets on Friday in honor of General Collin Powell, according to The White House Briefing Room.

1. Who is Colin Powell?

General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity, according to the White House Proclamation. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents. Powell passed away Oct. 18 of COVID-19 complications at the age of 84.

2. What did General Powell do for the United States?

General Powell led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. He repeatedly broke racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow, and was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership.

3. How do you fly a flag at half-staff?

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, according to ushistory.org

4. When the U.S. flag is at half-staff, should other flags (state, city, company) be flown at half staff?

Yes, when flags of states, cities, localities or pennants of societies are flown on the same rope with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted and lowered last. No flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right, according to ushistory.org

5. What can you do if your flag is not able to be lowered?

A black streamer can be attached to the staff immediately below the spearhead of the U.S. flag. It should be no wider than 1 foot, but may be less wide to match the size of the flag. Attach a black streamer with a bow-knot to the spearhead (top) of the pole, allowing the streamer to fall naturally. Alternately, you can affix black bow-knots, with or without streamers, placed at the fastening points, according to ushistory.org

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