Half Staff, not Half Mast
To the Editor:
Re: your photo “Half Mast - 10/25/2004."
When describing the position of the American flag on certain designated occasions of national mourning, “Half-Staff” is the appropriate term.
“Half Mast” describes the position of the colors on Navy ships at certain designated times of mourning.
Basic rule: on land = half-staff; at sea = half mast.
Stephen E. Watkins