National flag to be flown at half mast

The Ministry of National Security is advising all state and non-state agencies and all Trinidad and Tobago diplomatic missions abroad that the National Flag of Trinidad and Tobago is to be flown at half-mast in observance of the passing of former President of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor George Maxwell Richards. Professor Richards passed away earlier this evening.

The flag should be flown on January 9 2018, and on the day of his funeral.

Professor Richards was the country’s fourth President whose time in office spanned 2003 to 2013. A chemical engineer by training, Prof. Richards was Principal of the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad from 1984 to 1996. He previously worked for Shell Trinidad Ltd. before joining the University of the West Indies in 1965. Known by most citizens as “Max” Richards, he was born in San Fernando in 1931.

The National Flag should be flown at half-mast or half-staff lowering the flag by its own depth from its normal position at the peak of the staff when the nation is in mourning.

At half-mast, the flag is first hoisted to the top of the staff for an instant, and then lowered to the half-mast position. Before lowering the flag down for the day the flag is again raised to the top of the staff. Other flags on the same stand of poles should also be at half-mast or should not be flown at all when the National Flag is at half-mast. Flags of foreign nations should not be flown at half mast, unless their country is also observing mourning.

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