Why the flag is flown at half-mast in the United States today

President Joe Biden ordered all American flags to be flown at half mast until August 4th to commemorate his life. U.S. Congressman Jackie WarorskiR-Ind. died in a car accident on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash also killed Emma Thomson, a member of Warorski’s staff, and Zach Potts, chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party. Elkhart County Sheriff’s Officereports that Warorski’s car was traveling on a state highway in Elkhart County when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center line and collided head-on with the car.

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Edith Schumacher, 56, the driver of another car in Napanee, Indiana, was also killed in the crash.

Biden said in a statement that he and Mrs. Jill Biden “Shocked and saddened” by news of Warorski’s death.

Former Vice President Mike PenceThe Indiana native said he was “heartbroken” over the loss of a “truly inspiring Indiana leader.”

Pence tweeted, “She has served Indiana on the Capitol and Legislature for nearly 20 years with integrity and principle and will be greatly missed.

Flags will be flown at half mast Wednesday morning near the Ohio State Capitol in Columbus.

Flags will be flown at half mast Wednesday morning near the Ohio State Capitol in Columbus.

What time is the flag at half-staff hoisted?

Customs require flags to be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset unless the flag cannot be lit overnight.

A national holiday with flags at half-staff

From May 15th Peace Officer Day (Full Day Half-Staff) Last Monday in May – Memorial Day (Half-Staff Until Noon)From September 11th Patriot Day (half-staff day) 1st Sunday in October – Fallen Fighters Fallen Firefighters (half-staff day)December 7th – Pearl Harbor Day (Full Day Half Staff)

What is the difference between half mast and half staff?

According to The Sextant, Naval History and Heritage Command blog, half-mast refers to the flag lowered on the ship and half-staff refers to the pole on the ground.But the blog keeps saying the half-mast is in use outside the US

USA TODAY contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on The Repository. Jackie Warorski’s Life Honored With Flag Raised At Half Staff

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