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A PROCLAMATION HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN UVALDE, TEXAS

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, 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, May 28, 2022. 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 twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.


American Flag Status

The following list details current half-staff declarations in New York State.

From the Office of General Services

The national flag should be displayed at half-staff on the days noted below, or on other days by special proclamation of the United States President or New York State Governor.

  • Sunday, May 15, 2022 | Peace Officers Memorial Day - Flags must be flown at half-staff unless that day also falls on Armed Forces Day.
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 | Memorial Day - Flags must be flown at half-staff until Noon, and at top of the staff for the rest of the day.
  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 | Patriot Day - Flags must be flown at half-staff.
  • Sunday, October 9, 2022 | National Fallen Firefighters - Flags must be flown at half-staff.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | Pearl Harbor Remembrance - Flags must be flown at half-staff.

How long should the flag be lowered? On standard half-staff days except for Memorial Day, the flag is lowered at sunrise and raised back to full-staff at sunset. The flag is lowered only until Noon on Memorial Day. During days where a declaration is made in honor of victims, official declarations typically request flags be lowered until interment, then raised back to full staff.  

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Respecting the American Flag

Q: How long should the flag be at half-staff?
A: Usually the flags should be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, but on Memorial Day it is sunrise to noon.

Q: What is the proper way to raise and lower the flag to half-staff positioning?
A: When raising and lowering the flag, bring it to the top of the pole for just a moment before bringing it into position or taking it in for the night.

Q: What if I can’t fly my flag at half-staff?
A: You can buy a mourning bow (black ribbon) for the top of your pole and that will represent half-staff.

Q: Are there any requirements for flying the flag at night?
A: The flag must be illuminated if it is being flown in the dark.


How to Purchase a United States or New York State Flag

From the Office of General Services

The New York State Office of General Services provides the public with the opportunity to purchase the United States or New York State flag for a nominal fee.

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