Where Did the Tradition of Flying Flags At Half-Staff Come From and What Does the Custom Mean?

In the sixteenth century, ships would lower their flag halfway as a sign of submission during battle, and it was said they were flying at “half-mast.”

On reaching port, the flag remained half-lowered in honor of those who had sacrificed their lives.

In the seventeenth century the ritual moved to land.

where did the tradition of flying flags at half staff come from and what does the custom mean

There, the flags were at “half-staff” as a sign of respect for any individual who had died serving his country beyond the call of duty.

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