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How many flags are allowed to be on one pole?

Is a flag ever flown up side down at half-mast, more than 1 and why?

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    When and where? The 'rules' aren't fixed around the world. – KillingTime Mar 19 at 20:16
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    The rules differ by country. Perhaps you could edit your question to explain what is missing from, or incomplete about, the Wikipedia page – sempaiscuba Mar 19 at 20:16
  • @sempaiscuba is this better? – Muze the good Troll. Mar 19 at 20:25
  • @Muze You still don't say where you are asking about. Your profile page says you are in Vermont, so your first question may be answered by (for example) this page from USHistory.org – sempaiscuba Mar 19 at 20:33
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    Is this about history? – Mark C. Wallace Mar 19 at 22:38
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A flag is flown at half-mast in memoriam as long as deemed appropriate by the head-of-state of the sovereignty. Note that in U.S. state governors are deemed to be sovereign within their states in this regard. (The precise delineation between Gubernatorial and Presidential authority in this regard is a Constitutional Law issue on which SCOTUS hasn't ruled on yet (to the best of my knowledge).)

For the death of a particularly important personage of a sovereignty it is traditional to fly the flag at half-mast until internment. This was, for example if perhaps reluctantly, the case for the death last summer of John McCain.

President Trump belatedly issued a statement praising McCain's service to the country, and signed a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff until McCain's interment

In both Canada and the U.S. protocol is that a flag is flown upside down only as a signal of extreme distress; otherwise doing so is regarded as desecration.

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    @Muze: "distress; not disgrace. It's is a call for aid due to dire life-threatening circumstances. – Pieter Geerkens Mar 19 at 20:35
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    @PieterGeerkens "U.S. state governors are deemed to be sovereign within their states in this regard" - does that also hold true for flags flying over Federal institutions (e.g. FBI offices) located in those states? – sempaiscuba Mar 19 at 20:41
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    @JMS: We Canadians have learned to be pleasantly surprised when you get things right in regards Canada- not disappointed when you get it wrong. – Pieter Geerkens Mar 19 at 21:57
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    @PieterGeerkens I'm not sure that SCOTUS needs to be consulted. My understanding is that (since 1923) the rules have been established by the US Flag Code (as amended), and also (since 1954) by Eisenhower's Proclamation 3044 which sets specific times for different officials. – sempaiscuba Mar 19 at 22:08
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    @PieterGeerkens, I remember watching that game and seeing the Canadian flag upside down, First World Series featuring a Canadian team, and just covering my eyes... how embarrassing, was that. – JMS Mar 19 at 22:18

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