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​CITY OF CALGARY HALF-MASTING NOTICE

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From now until sunset on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Main bank of flags at the Municipal Complex (Canada, Alberta, Royal Union, Calgary, and Treaty 7). In memory of the victims of the plane crash in Tehran, Iran on January 8, 2020.

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All flags are symbols of honour and pride. Flags at City sites are displayed in a respectful way. The City follows accepted guidelines for displaying flags. The City's flag guidelines align with the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.

Flag raisings

The City will fly flags on a temporary basis to mark special occasions. The flags will be raised on the courtesy flagpole on the Municipal Complex Plaza from sunrise to sunset.

Flags of nations, recognizing Calgary's ethnic and cultural diversity, may be raised on its national day, one time per year.

Flags of charitable or non-profit groups may be raised to celebrate a special event.

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Flag raising criteria and application.

Half-masts

The half-masting of flags is a well-known procedure to honour or express a collective sense of remembrance or sorrow.

In accordance with the Flag Policy, The City will lower flags for annual occasions and to mark significant events.

The annual occasions, as set by the Government of Canada are as follows:

​Date ​Occasion
​April 9 ​National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
​April 28 ​Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace (also known as National Day of Mourning)
​June 23 ​ National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
​Second Sunday in September 
Firefighter’s National Memorial Day
​Last Sunday in September ​​Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day​
​November 11 ​Remembrance Day
​December 6  ​National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women​

The City will also lower flags for the following significant events:

  • The day of the funeral or memorial for a dignitary.
  • The day of the funeral or memorial for a City employee who dies in the line of duty.
  • The day of the funeral or memorial for a Canadian Armed Forces member killed in active service who was born in Alberta, or whose current posting is Alberta.
  • Solemn occasions, in consultation with the Office of the Mayor.

Flag Policy CP2016-07

Calgary's official flag: etiquette and protocol

The Calgary flag symbolizes harmony between Calgary and the hospitality and spirit of her people. Cowboy hats have been worn with pride by Calgarians. The white Stetson is an iconic symbol of the city. The letter "C" represents Calgary, but also signifies the character, change, culture and charm that has become synonymous with the Calgary community. The colours red and white represent the vibrancy of Calgary's growth.

To buy a Calgary flag, please contact a flag vendor in your community. The City does not have flags available for sale.

Displaying the Calgary flag: the most common method is to use a flagpole. The Calgary flag may be displayed on its own. If the flag is displayed with other flags, refer to the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada​ for the order of precedence for displaying flags.

Disposal of flags and folding flags: visit the Government of Canada.

Contact

For more information about citizen recognitions and protocol at The City, email protocol@calgary.ca or call 403-988-5588. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



 
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