Flags update

Flags flew at half-staff from Dec. 9-17 to honor John Glenn.

President Obama has ordered flags returned to full-staff, effective Dec. 17 at sunset.

Flags began flying at half-staff Dec. 9 to honor John Glenn, who died this month at age 95. Glenn was honored at a series of memorials during the weekend and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in the spring.

Glenn — a pioneering astronaut, political leader and war hero — also was part of postal history.

The Postal Service’s guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance are available on Blue.