This is personal photo that I took on September 06, 2012. This is the fire station on Baltimore Ave. in College Park, MD. The flag of the United States is at half-mast. Half mast is the term describing flying a flag below the summit of the flagpole. This performs nation in the sense that in the United States it is a symbol of respect, mourning, or distress.
September 8, 2012 – New Hampshire Governor Lynch has directed that flags be flown at half-staff on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in honor of Hopkinton Fire Chief Rick Schaefer, who died unexpectedly Sunday while on duty.
September 8, 2012 – Virginia Governor McDonnell has ordered that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia are to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol building from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in respect and memory of United States Army Staff Sergeant Jessica M. Wing. It is encouraged that the flags are to be flown at half-staff on all buildings and grounds in the City of Alexandria and any other locality as deemed appropriate.
September 8, 2012 – Kentucky Governor Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in honor of Fort Campbell soldier Pfc. Patricia L. Horne of Greenwood, Mississippi who died on August 24, 2012 in Bagram, Afghanistan. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.