Half-Staff Flags Stir Meaningful Debate
By GRETCHEN PARKER The Tampa Tribune
Published: Jun 10, 2007
Historically, flying your nation's flag at half-staff meant one thing.
Even before the white flag came to signal a request for truce, lowering the national flag over a battlefield was a darker expression of hopelessness. It meant, simply, a bitter end.
Now, we lower the U.S. flag to signify a nation in mourning. In a way, it's a carryover from the old tradition. It's a symbol of death - the ultimate submission.
This article has an interesting discussion about what it means to fly the flag at half mast.