New York State Funeral Directors Association

Information from the New York State Office of General Services:

The American Flag is to be displayed at half-staff on the days in the list below in addition to those days when the U.S. President or NYS Governor make a special declaration.

2018 Standard Half-Staff Days:

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day – Tuesday, May 15.
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 28. Flag is displayed at half-staff until Noon then raised to full-staff.
  • Patriot Day – Tuesday, September 11.
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Friday, December 7.  

How long should the flag be lowered? On standard half-staff days except for Memorial Day, the flag is lowered at sunrise and raised back to full-staff at sunset. The flag is lowered only until Noon on Memorial Day. During days where a declaration is made in honor of victims, official declarations typically request flags be lowered until interment, then raised back to full staff. 

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