When Is The Right Time To Lower The Flag In Mourning?
In honor of Independence Day KIT and the Yakima Chamber of Commerce teamed up to give away a number of American Flags. We hope you enjoy them and fly them proudly and along the way, it would be nice if you did a little research on proper flag etiquette.
This website http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html is a pretty good place to start.
Here's what it has to say about the flag in mourning:
"To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset."
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
I bring this up because I am wondering what you think about the President's decision to deny a request to lower the flag in memory of the five people at The Capital Gazette newspaper who were shot and killed last week by a man who had a longstanding grudge against the paper.
Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley says he was "disappointed" in Trump's denial of the request, asking, "Is there a cutoff for tragedy? This was an attack on the press. It was an attack on freedom of speech. It's just as important as any other tragedy."
Trump has ordered the flag lowered after some other mass shootings, including the February attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan on Friday ordered the Maryland flag lowered until last night.
My question to you is simple. Do you support the President's decision not to lower the flag in this instance?
For the record I agree. I don't see this as an attack on a constitutional freedom. It seems more like a disturbed person with a criminal grudge. While the results are tragic, the crime doesn't rise to the level a moment of national mourning. Your thoughts?