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Half-Staff Notification for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The decision to fly flags at half-staff ultimately rests with the Governor, but is normally made and carried out by the Superintendent. The Bureau of the State House notifies other state-managed facilities in Massachusetts of this decision.

Most recent half-staff notification will be listed below;                                                                                                                     ​


Half-Staff the Flag on these Days:
May 15- Peace Officers Memorial Day: half-staff from sunrise to sunset                                                                                      Last Monday in May- Memorial Day: the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon                                                  September 11- Patriot Day: half-staff from sunrise to sunset                                                                                                  Sunday, usually of week in which October 9th falls- Fire Prevention Week: half-staff from sunrise to sunset                         (See Public Law 107-51)                                                                                                                                                          December 7- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: half staff from sunrise to sunset   
​​Upon reliable information that the current or former President, current Vice-President, current or former Chief Justice, or current Speaker of the House has died                                                                                                                                                    
​ Upon Presidential proclamation or proclamation from your state's governor
​POW/MIA Day for the City of Chicopee per Mayor Kos: third Friday in the month of September

 The flags should be displayed on all days, especially on:
*New Years Day, Jan 1.                                                                                                                                                            *Inauguration Day, Jan 20.                                                                                                                                                           *Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, 3rd Monday in Jan.                                                                                                              *Lincoln's birthday, 3rd Monday in Feb.                                                                                                                                           *Easter Sunday (variable)                                                                                                                                                               *Mother's Day, 2nd Sunday in May                                                                                                                                              *Armed Forces Day, 3rd Saturday in Sunday                                                                                                                                   *Memorial Day, last Monday in May, (half-staff until noon)                                                                                                             *Flag Day, June 14                                                                                                                                                                     *Father's Day, 3rd Sunday in June                                                                                                                                         *Independence Day, July 4                                                                                                                                                        *National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27                                                                                                                 *Labor Day, 1st Monday in Sept.                                                                                                                                                *Constitution Day, Sept. 17                                                                                                                                                         *Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in Oct.                                                                                                                                              *Navy Day, Oct. 27                                                                                                                                                                         *Veterans Day, Nov 11                                                                                                                                                                 *Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in Nov.                                                                                                                               *Christmas Day, Dec. 25                                                                                                                                                                  *and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States                                                                         *the birthdays of States (dates of admission)                                                                                                                                    *and on Sate holidays​​
​Flying the Flag at Half-Staff - The Flag Code sets out detailed instructions on flying the flag at half-staff on Memorial Day and as a mark of respect to the memory of certain recently deceased public officials.33 This section embodies the substance of Presidential Proclamation

No. 3044,34 entitled “Display of Flag at Half-Staff Upon Death of Certain Officials and Former Officials.” The section provides that the President shall order the flag flown at half-staff for stipulated periods “upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a state, territory, or possession.” After the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag may be flown at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or in accordance with recognized custom not inconsistent with law. In addition, the Governor of a state, territory, or possession, or the Mayor CRS-11 35 In 2007, P.L. 110-41, added the Mayor of the District of Columbia to this provision and authorized the Governors and the Mayor to issue proclamations to lower the flag to halfstaff in honor of members of the Armed Forces from their jurisdiction. 36 34 Op. Atty. Gen. 483. of the District of Columbia, may direct that the national flag be flown at half-staff, in the event of the death of a present or former official of the respective government or in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that jurisdiction.35 Presidents also have ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff on the death of leading citizens, not covered by law, as a mark of official tribute to their service to the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr. is among those who have been so honored. Again, the provisions of the Flag Code on flying the flag at half-staff are, like all the Code’s provisions, a guide only. They do not apply, as a matter of law, to the display of the flag at half-staff by private individuals and organizations. No federal restrictions or court decisions are known that limit such an individual’s lowering his own flag or that make such display alone a form of desecration.

Half Staff Protocol - For the purpose of displaying the flag, the term "half-staff" refers to displaying the flag at a distance half-way in between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is normally flown at half-staff on Memorial Day and Peace Officers' Memorial Day, unless the latter occurs simultaneously with Armed Forces Day. Other times when the flag is to be displayed at half-staff are determined by order of the President or Governor of a State. These may include the death of principal figures of the US Government, as well as in the event of the death of foreign officials and dignitaries. In the event of the death of a President or former President, the flag should be displayed at half-staff for 30 days afterwards. In the event of the death of the Vice President, a former Vice President, a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or former Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the flag should be flown at half-mast for 10 days afterwards. In the event of the death of the Governor of a State, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Secretary of a military department, or a Member of Congress, the flag should be flown at half-staff on the day of their death and for one day afterwards.

In the event of the death of a city employee or other city official, it is permitted to fly the city flag at half-staff, but the not the US flag.