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An un-American Precedence?

by on February 16, 2012

Really??!!! Wow…I sure hope this doesn’t set a precedence.

Flying the Flag at Half-Staff

The Flag Code sets out detailed instructions on flying the flag at half-staff on Memorial Day and as a mark of respect to the memory of certain recently deceased public officials. This section embodies the substance of Presidential Proclamation No. 3044,34 entitled “Display of Flag at Half-Staff Upon Death of Certain Officials and Former Officials.” The section provides that the President shall order the flag flown at half-staff for stipulated periods “upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a state, territory, or possession.” After the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag may be flown at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or in accordance with recognized custom not inconsistent with law. In addition, the Governor of a state, territory, or possession, or the Mayor. The Mayor of the District of Columbia was added to this provision and authorized the Governors and the Mayor to issue proclamations to lower the flag to half- staff in honor of members of the Armed Forces from their jurisdiction.

Again, the provisions of the Flag Code on flying the flag at half-staff are, like all the Code’s provisions, a guide only. They do not apply, as a matter of law, to the display of the flag at half-staff by private individuals and organizations. No federal restrictions or court decisions are known that limit such an individual’s lowering his own flag or that make such display alone a form of desecration.

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One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink

    Not appropriate to lower the flag to half staff for Houston. But, have to choose one’s battles and there’s bigger fish to fry. Maybe the flag shoukd be lowered on Presidents Day due to the desecration of our nation by Barack Hussein

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