Memorial Day & Yacht Club & Signal Flags

Parade Rest on Memorial Day
Parade Rest on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day the Flags are flown at Half-staff until noon and it is always the last Monday in May.

Below is an excerpt titled- The way we fly the flag
The Law and the Flag

The U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7 (f), states that “when flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.”

Sea Tradition Predates the Law

There exists a tradition predating these laws. A tradition still followed today by the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Power Squadron, the United States Merchant Marine and many yacht clubs.

The basis for this tradition goes back to the time sailing ships plied the seas. Because of all the sail carried by the rigging of these vessels the flag of a nation could not be clearly viewed if placed at the top of the main mast. Instead, the national flag was displayed on the gaff, which is a spar extending from the mast and used to support the top of a sail. The gaff was used because it came first and the flag was more visible.

Over time, this became the place of honor to display a national flag. As the use of sail gave way to mechanical power, the tradition was maintained by displaying the national flag on a gaff-rigged mast when at sea and on a staff on the stern (rear) of a boat or ship in port.”

Below is 2 pictures that show how the yacht clubs hang the flags according to tradition.

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To all that serve our country Memorial Day and throughout the year we Thank you for all that you do!!

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