President Joseph R. Biden has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor retired general and former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, who died Oct. 18.
Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Oct. 22.
To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.
For additional information, refer to the Postal Service’s guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.