1. a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
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  • I don't mean to deny any honorifics or acknowledgment of those killed, however I don't believe that Director Panetta is authorized to have flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff. Panetta releases statement on CIA casualties
  • The U.S. flag is otherwise flown at half-staff (or half-mast, on ships) when directed by the President of the United States or a state governor. House holds moment of silence for Michael Jackson
  • A. a mark of respect for the memory of Harry A. Blackmun, retired A.sociate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of A.erica, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment. Proclamation On Death Of Justice Harry Blackmun
  • President Obama has ordered that U.S. flags on official buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day Buckles is buried. Three-day salute to last WWI veteran
  • It was the flags at half-staff when they finally came home. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery
  • The Japanese flag flies at half-staff at the Japanese Embassy in Washington where locals talk about their fears and concerns following the Sendai earthquake and tsunami: Japan earthquake and tsunami: Live updates
  • The American flag outside the white clapboard town hall was lowered to half-staff.
  • All flags at city buildings were lowered to half-staff in his honor.
  • Flags flew at half-staff across the country, and Prime Minister John Key asked the nation's 4.5 million people to join in a show of unity for people "enduring tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine. New Zealand mourns quake victims with two minute silence
  • In honor and memory of the dead, he requested that the flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff. Panetta releases statement on CIA casualties
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