Today’s Watchword of the Day continues this week’s flag theme and actually includes three separate but related words that all deal with vertically hoisting the flag up and down the pole. By the way, did you know that when raising a flag to half-staff (same as half-mast), you first raise the flag to the top of the pole, then lower it either to two-thirds of its normal height or by the width of the flag? And, when lowering a flag flying at half-staff, you once again raise it to the top of the pole before lowering.
dipping n. a form of saluting with a flag by lowering it almost to the ground, then raising it back up a flagstaff to its original position.
strike vi. to lower a flag as a sign of surrender.
trailing n. an uncommon method of flag saluting whereby the flag is lowered to lightly touch the ground, then immediately hoisted back up the staff.