Everyone knows that one of the symbols of national mourning is the country's flag at half-mast. And what do you think - why is the flag lowered and why, in fact, is the space made available?
Now you will find out everything!
According to Julian Franklin's Shield and Helmet: Describing Heraldry as a Science and an Art, the tradition of lowering flags began in the 17th century among British sailors to honor fallen comrades. First, the flag was lowered to a distance equal to its own height, as if making room for a special flag - the invisible flag of death.
The modern protocol of many countries, thinking little about the roots of tradition, allows the flag to be lowered to different heights - up to half the height of the flagpole. But some European countries, for example, Great Britain, following the precepts of antiquity, still continue in the days of national mourning to lower the flag at a distance equal to its own height - making room for the invisible flag of death.
Interestingly, according to the rules, in order to raise the flag to the mourning position, it is first raised to the top point, and then gradually lowered. Likewise, the descent of a flag lowered on the occasion of mourning is carried out by first raising this flag "to its place", and then lowering it.