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Old 08-13-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Simpsonville
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Saw our flags at half staff today in Mauldin. Can someone shed some light on the reason? Read conflicting reports.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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South Carolina native soldier died on Sunday in Afghanistan.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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A very appropriate reason to do so!! Too bad it was not done for the fallen General a few weeks back. JMHO.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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A very appropriate reason to do so!! Too bad it was not done for the fallen General a few weeks back. JMHO.
Governor Haley ordered the flags to half-staff for the fallen SC soldier, which is traditional in the state. As to the General's death, that proclamation for national half-staff had to come from the President, which did not occur. Would be unusual, as there is a specific list in the flag code and I don't believe that one is covered. I'm sure the flags were lowered in his home state.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Greer
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If you have a flag on the side of your house, are you supposed to do anything to it on half-staff days?

It's not on a vertical pole, the pole is mounted to the house hanging horizontally.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:50 AM
 
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If you have a flag on the side of your house, are you supposed to do anything to it on half-staff days?

It's not on a vertical pole, the pole is mounted to the house hanging horizontally.
United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, §7. Position and manner of display, applies:

"When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building."

A 2008 Congressional Research Service report for Congress titled "The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions," which addresses several frequently asked questions concerning the flag and the display of it, includes the following statement:

"[T]he provisions of the Flag Code on flying the flag at half-staff are, like all the Code’s provisions, a guide only. They do not apply, as a matter of law, to the display of the flag at half-staff by private individuals and organizations. No federal restrictions or court decisions are known that limit such an individual’s lowering his own flag or that make such display alone a form of desecration."

Thus you may display your flag at half-staff if you so choose, or if ordered under authority of the U.S. Code. Remember that, when flown at half-staff, the flag first should be hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff for the remainder of the day.

Hope this helps.
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