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May Flag Etiquette


During the month of May there are two occasion’s when the Texas Flag and American Flag should be lowered to half staff. Here is the news release received from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. Displaying the state and national flag is an important duty not only for public buildings but also for all those where such displays of patriotism are important. In addition to creating an identity for the people of Texas, the proper display of the flag leads the people in times of joy and mourning, and in times of celebration and somber reflection. The news release said: There are two dates in the month of May that require particular attention with regard to how state and national flags should be displayed. Friday, May 15, is Peace Officer Memorial Day and Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. Please take note of the laws concerning these official state observances:

Peace Officer Memorial Day: On the morning of Friday, May 15, that’s this Friday, both State of Texas and U.S. flags should be raised briskly to full-staff and then slowly lowered to half-staff for the remainder of the display day. Flags should be returned to full-staff on the next day.



According to the directive from the Governor Memorial Day is sightly different: On the morning of Monday, May 25, both State of Texas and U.S. flags should be raised briskly to full-staff and then slowly lowered to half-staff where they will remain until noon. At noon, both the State of Texas and U.S. flags should be raised briskly to full-staff for the remainder of the display day. Flags should be at full-staff the following day. On occasions where employees are to observe special holidays which affect the flag flying issues there is no requirement to schedule employees for duty on holiday or weekend hours only to comply with flag-flying issues.





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