American Flag Status

American Flag Status

Governor Kathy Hochul directed flags on all State buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on January 31 in honor of fallen Fairville Volunteer Firefighter Dan DeWolf. Click here to read the full Proclamation.


Governor Kathy Hochul announced flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on January 29 in honor of fallen New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police Lieutenant David J. McShane. Click here to read the full Proclamation.


Governor Kathy Hochul announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on January 24, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation employee Aaron J. Peters. Aaron Peters, a member of the regional sawyer crew, was fatally injured January 17 while involved in tree removal at Golden Hill State Park in Niagara County. Click here to read the full Proclamation.


The following list details current half-staff declarations in New York State.

From the Office of General Services

The national flag should be displayed at half-staff on the days noted below, or on other days by special proclamation of the United States President or New York State Governor.

  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 | National Fallen Firefighters - Flags must be flown at half-staff.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | Peace Officers Memorial Day - Flags must be flown at half-staff unless that day also falls on Armed Forces Day.
  • Monday, May 27, 2024 | Memorial Day - Flags must be flown at half-staff until Noon, and at top of the staff for the rest of the day.
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2024 | Patriot Day - Flags must be flown at half-staff.
  • Saturday, December 7, 2024 | Pearl Harbor Remembrance - Flags must be flown at half-staff.

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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Respecting the American Flag

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.


How to Purchase a United States or New York State Flag

From the Office of General Services

The New York State Office of General Services provides the public with the opportunity to purchase the United States or New York State flag for a nominal fee.

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