If you haven't noticed flags around Albany are at half-staff, In many countries this is seen as a symbol of respect, mourning, distress, or, in some cases, a salute.

Strictly speaking, flags are said to be half-mast if flown from ships and half-staff if on land, although not all regional variations of English use "half-staff.

I didn't know they did this nationwide to honor Senator John Mc Cain who passed away Saturday night.

I only paid attention to the flags because there has been so much contreversy about Donald Trump being petter and raising the flag back to full staff apparentaly he has changed his mind.

President Donald Trump said in a statement Monday afternoon that he had ordered the White House flag to be flown at half-staff until Sen. John McCain is interred this weekend.

After backlash over his initial response to McCain’s death, he also issued a formal statement in tribute to the late senator, saying he respected his “service to our country.”