From my office window, I can look out and see 13 U.S. flags flying in the breeze in front of buildings near and far.
The practice of lowering flags to half-staff is an all-too-common occurrence. I sometimes cannot find out for what reason a flag has been lowered. Only the president of the United States and the governor of the state are authorized to direct that U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff, perhaps on the death of prominent people. If that is the case, way too many people are way too prominent.
For the record, when I die, I do not want the flag lowered to half-staff. On the other hand, if you could just raise it just an inch or two, I would like that.