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POV Flags at Half-Staff Should be Special

Every death is someone's tragedy. But we can't - and shouldn't - lower the flag for them all. Every death is someone's tragedy. But we can't - and shouldn't - lower the flag for them all.
Lately it seems as if the American flag is being flown at half-staff more often than ever.

Towns who want to honor fallen soldiers are doing it. So are cities that want to mark the passing of a local celebrity and companies attempting to note the death of a founder or other treasured employee.

I'm sure these examples are motivated by good intentions, but it's happening so often now that what was originally intended to be a solemn salute to a deceased national hero has become almost commonplace.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, the U.S. President may order the flag to be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal U.S. Government figures or the Governor of a state. And state governors may also order it to mark the death of a present or former official of their state's government.

There are a few other exceptions, but that's pretty much it. Cities, businesses and schools aren't included among those who should issue such orders.

This is a code and not an actual law so violating it is not illegal. But I think it's worth following. Because when our flag is on display at half-staff too frequently, it puts forth the image of a country that's beaten and crippled, not one of the strength and pride that should exemplify our national symbol.

Every death is someone's tragedy. But we can't - and shouldn't - lower the flag for them all.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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