New York State Funeral Directors Association

Q: How long should the flag be at half-staff?
A: Usually the flags should be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, but on Memorial Day it is sunrise to noon.

Q: What is the proper way to raise and lower the flag to half-staff positioning?
A: When raising and lowering the flag, bring it to the top of the pole for just a moment before bringing it into position or taking it in for the night.

Q: What if I can’t fly my flag at half-staff?
A: You can buy a mourning bow (black ribbon) for the top of your pole and that will represent half-staff.

Q: Are there any requirements for flying the flag at night?
A: The flag must be illuminated if it is being flown in the dark.


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