Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30th and Americans are asked to fly all flags at half-staff from sunrise until 12 PM (noon). Then raise those flags to full-staff for the remainder of the day until sunset.
Half-staff in remembrance of the over 1.2 million men and women (Department of Veterans Affairs) that gave their lives in service of this country; Full-staff to ensure those soldiers sacrifices will never be in vain and to honor retired veterans or those still on active duty in the United States Armed Forces today.
Take particular care, as you raise and lower the flag. For example, in the morning as you attach the flag to the halyard, raise it briskly to the top of the pole, then slowly lower the flag to half staff. Then at 12 PM (noon) raise the flag to the top of the flagpole. At the end of the day, typically at sunset, take special care to ceremoniously lower and remove the flag without allowing it to touch the ground. Take a few minutes to fold the flag neatly and store it in a safe place.
During this Memorial Day, take a private moment to reflect on the importance of the ways and means in which you raise the American Flag. Remember the great sacrifices that were made, making it possible for all of us to take part in this tradition.