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Flags ordered to half-staff Friday

As a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff until sunset, on September 30, 2016.

This presidential order applies to U.S. flags at the White House and on 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. It also includes the flags flown at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations for the same period of time. 

How to properly fly your flag at half-staff

When raising the American flag to half-staff on a vertical pole, always raise it briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment before lowering it.
When taking it down for the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again & lower it to the bottom.
With a telescoping flag pole it is acceptable to put the USA flag on the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set would be left empty.
When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, State & other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.