Displaying the Flag

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Custom military lapel pins are an honorable way to support your nation.

The U.S. Flag is always displayed at half-staff, or half-mast, as a sign of respect or mourning. Traditionally, the flag is flown at half-mast during Memorial Day, the first Monday in May, to honor fallen U.S. servicemen and women. The flag is flown from dawn (first light) until dusk (last light) on that day. To properly fly the U.S. flag at half-staff, the protocol is to first hoist it briskly to full staff, and then reverently (slowly) lower it to half-staff. Similarly, when the flag is lowered at the end of the day, it is first hoisted briskly to full staff, and then lowered reverently to the base of the flagpole.

Federal guidelines state that the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff on these dates:

May 15: Peace Officer?s Memorial Day
May 26 (last Monday in May) Memorial Day (until noon)
July 27 Korean War Veteran?s Day
September 11 Attack on the Twin Towers, Patriot?s Day
December 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Following the death of a U.S. president or former U.S. president, the U.S. flag is flown half-staff for 30 days. Recently, the death of former president Gerald Ford was marked by flags flown at half-mast around the country and around the world. In addition, the flag is flown at half-staff for 10 days following the death of a U.S. Vice President, Supreme Court Justice or Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In addition, the flag is flown at half-mast the day after the death of a U.S. senator, congressman, territorial delegate or the resident commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The Monterey Company, along with most U.S. buildings, will fly their flag at half mast on Memorial Day (May 26), to commemorate the lives of all of those brave men and women who have died for their country. For assistance with lapel pins or military coins, call The Monterey Company toll-free at 1-800-259-6496.

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