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All U.S. Flags to Fly Half-Staff in Honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Please be advised that all United States flags should lowered to half-staff for the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The flags will be at half-staff until the day of her interment.

Read the proclamation of President Donald Trump. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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August 10, 1993 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. From left to right stand President Bill Clinton, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Martin Ginsburg, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist | From the collection of the U.S. Supreme Court

NPR reports “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87.

“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation’s highest court, becoming its most prominent member.”

Flag Code

U.S. Flag Code States

7. Position and manner of display (m)
“The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. […] The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress.”

As a reminder, when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff or half-mast, it should first be raised to the top for a an instant, then immediately lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. Prior to lowering the flag it should be raised once more to the peak, then lowered.  




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