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General Information of Flags – Pattern & Techniques in Display By Flagsmart.com PR Dept. Flagsmart.

com Basic patterns in flags

Techniques in flag display Hoist : the act or function of raising a flag, as on a rope. Lower : the act or function of taking down a flag, as on a rope. Half Staff or Half Mast : a style of flag display in which the flag is flown at half of the potential height of the available flag pole. Usually this is done by first hoisting the flag to the top, then lowering it to halfway. (Equally valid 'half-mast' is flying the flag at two-thirds of its normal height. This is especially

applicable where the full height of the pole is not visible to most observers; for instance, where the pole is mounted on the roof of a building and the lower portion of the pole is not visible from street level.) This usually denotes distress or a show of grief, such as mourning a death. The use of 'mast' suggests naval use but typically the two terms are interchangeable. Distress : flying the flag upside-down, or tying it into a wheft.

National flag variants by use: Civil flag : Flown by citizens on land. State flag : Flown on public buildings. War flag : Flown on military buildings. Civil ensign : Flown on private vessels (fishing craft, cruise ships, yachts, etc). State ensign : Flown on unarmed government vessels.

War ensign : Flown on warships.