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ANZAC Day 2014

To: All Flag Marshals – Action Australia Wide and Australian Overseas Posts

Day of National Commemoration

ANZAC Day, Friday 25 April 2014

ANZAC Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly to the returned veterans of Australia.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Friday 25 April 2014 from dawn until noon in your locality, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day.  This advice applies to buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Should you wish to hold an ANZAC Day ceremony, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides an outline which includes information on flag protocol as part of the ceremony http://www.dva.gov.au/commems_oawg/commemorations/commemorative_events/
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Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

17 April 2014

Mr Brian Harradine

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in TAS only (optional elsewhere)

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 23 April 2014

State Funeral Service

Mr Brian Harradine

A State Funeral Service for Mr Brian Harradine will be held at 11am on Wednesday 23 April 2014 at St Mary’s Cathedral, 164 Harrington Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

Mr Harradine was an Independent Senator for Tasmania from 1975-2005.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Wednesday 23 April 2014 in Tasmania only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

16 April 2014

The Honourable Warwick Parer AM

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in the ACT and QLD only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 21 March 2014

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Warwick Parer AM

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Warwick Parer AM will be held at 10.30am on Friday 21 March 2014 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 312 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo, Queensland.

Mr Parer was the Federal Minister for Resources and Energy from 1996-1998 and Senator for Queensland from 1984-2000.  In 2005, Mr Parer was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Australian Parliament, particularly through policy development and broadening of export opportunities for the mining industry, to energy market reform and to education.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 21 March 2014 in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

18 March 2014

Commonwealth Day

To:  All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and action at Australian overseas posts

COMMONWEALTH DAY – Monday 10 March 2014

Commonwealth Day is celebrated every year by 53 Commonwealth countries on the second Monday in March.  This year it falls on Monday 10 March 2014.  The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding of global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth of Nations to improve the lives of its citizens.

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2014 is #TeamCommonwealth, which expresses the spirit of friendship and motivation towards the shared goals and values that exist between Commonwealth members.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown all day on Monday 10 March 2014 on Australian Government buildings and establishments.

State, territory and local government agencies as well as non-government organisations are also welcome to follow this protocol.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties in some states and territories are the responsibility of each organisation.

Information on flag protocol can be found at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

4 March 2014

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