Half-mast or half-staff: Protocol in times of tragedy
September 16th, 2013
08:16 PM ET
7 months ago

Half-mast or half-staff: Protocol in times of tragedy

Washington (CNN) - Following Monday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Barack Obama ordered all flags on U.S. military installations and federal government facilities to be lowered to half-staff out of respect.

But since the attack occurred at a U.S. naval facility, those flags, as well as flags flown at Marine Corp facilities and on naval vessels, are actually lowered to half-mast (consistent with masts on ships).
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