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Subject: flag at half staff at the Post Office
Date Posted: 10/6/2015 5:40 PM ET
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I asked why when I went to the p o today. They tell me the flag is at half mast because of the deaths in Oregon. I wonder. are all post offices doing this?

half staff now because of the Paris event.



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Date Posted: 10/7/2015 1:56 AM ET
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Haven't noticed.  But locally I frequently see flags at half mast with no idea why.  I've even asked staff, and they have no idea why their flag is half mast....so much for national acknowledgment (of what?).

Date Posted: 10/7/2015 7:17 AM ET
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We also didn't notice yesterday; we'll be sure to look next time we go.

-- Jill

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/7/2015 9:14 AM ET
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from us.halfstaff.org:

 
START: 10/2/2015
END: 10/6/2015
US Flag to Half-Staff Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon
 
Presidential Proclamation: Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 6, 2015. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. BARACK OBAMA
 
 
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/7/2015 9:16 AM ET
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Also, since I was recently corrected about this ... buildings don't have masts, so your P.O. was flying the flag at half-staff. Only ships and boats can fly their flags at half-mast.

Date Posted: 10/7/2015 9:32 AM ET
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I couldn't think of the right word. I knew half pole wasn't right.

Date Posted: 10/7/2015 11:02 PM ET
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Before I retired, every time a soldier from New York State died overseas, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, we would be instructed to fly the flag at half staff.

Date Posted: 11/17/2015 5:16 PM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 11/30/2015 9:20 PM ET
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Somehow I missed this thread almost 2 months ago.  The PO seems to be the only place that knows why they are flying flag at half-staff when they do.....I will ask at the school sometimes or a business and no one will know why.

And, Cathy, thanks for  sharing the halfstaff.org site.



Last Edited on: 11/30/15 9:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/4/2015 10:32 PM ET
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I think we should also fly the flag at half-staff on election day, due to the brain-dead people we are voting for. smiley

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 4:43 AM ET
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Excellent idea.

Date Posted: 3/29/2016 5:56 PM ET
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flag is at half staff now because of the Belgium situation. Maybe because some Americans were killed.

Date Posted: 3/29/2016 8:25 PM ET
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Yes and of course not just at the PO.