From the Iowa State Capitol to your city halls and private homes, the U-S flag is being displayed at half-staff more often now than at any other time in history.
Vietnam veteran Bill Gartner is in charge of the crew that raises and lowers the flags atop the state capitol, and he wonders whether seeing a flag at half-staff so frequently is losing its impact:
OC……..”always at half-staff”. :12
A USA Today review found President Obama has signed a record number of proclamations to mourn tragedies at home and abroad.
Mike Buss, an Iowa native from Glidden is known as the “Flag Guru.” at the American Legion headquarters in Indianapolis.
When the U-S Flag Code was adopted in World War 2, casualties did not lower the flag, as Memorial Day is already set aside for those who died in military service.
If a proclamation was issued for the funeral of every Iowan killed in Vietnam, the flag would have stayed at half-staff for more than two years, according to Colonel Greg Hapgood of the Iowa National Guard.
OC………….”those people”. :14
Just when to re-set the flag is also confusing.
For guidance on presidential proclamations, you can check the American Legion website.