Last modified: 2004-09-18 by rick wyatt
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The code says "by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff. . . " and later "the Governor . . . may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff." It does not stipulate that only a President of Governor may issue such a proclamation. Instead it provides for the private use of the flag for the mourning of important persons by including the statement "the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law."
The official proportions for the US flag are for the flags used by the
government, and vary according to the branch of government. Private
citizens can use a flag of any proportion "in accordance with
recognized customs or practices". This is because the flag of the
United States is the property of the people. Any use of the flag,
not inconsistent with law, that does not disgrace the honor in which
the flag is and should be held is a proper and legitimate use of the flag.