|Half-Staff - USA & State Flags|
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
-------Proclamation-------Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, for national Patriot Day, the annual memorial to the victims of the 2001 tragedy.
Please notify all of your field offices and facilities around the state.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning, September 12.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
How to fly your flag at Half Staff|
What sort of flag pole are you using?
When raising the flag to half staff on a vertical pole, always raise it briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment before lowering it. When taking it down for the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again & lower it to the bottom.
With a telescoping flag pole it is acceptable to put the USA flag on the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set would be left empty.
When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, State & other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.
For flags that can't be lowered, such as those on many homes, the American Legion says that attaching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an acceptable alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.