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Where does the institution of flying a flag at half mast come from?

asked in flag, tradition, mast

TallScotsGuy answers:

When: First(?) recorded instance July 1612.
Where: In what is now Canada.
Why: Not definitely known.

If you consider the phrase used, and the practicalities of hoisting flags, it is likely to be of naval origin and probably not earlier than the 14th Century



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