Unfortunately, the headlines report far too many instances of needless deaths in our nation. Whether these tragedies occur as the result of natural disasters or at the hands of depraved individuals, they are always followed by an outpouring of mourning from our collective national spirit. The families of the victims are certainly deserving of our love and respect as we share in their grief.
With increasing frequency, however, I have noticed that we are honoring their memory by flying the American flag at half-staff in their various localities. Although this is a well-meaning gesture, we should be sensitively reminded that this practice is inconsistent with proper flag etiquette. According to the U.S. Flag Code, flying the flag at half-staff is to be done "by order of the President (of the United States) … in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law."
I am confident that those who have breached this flag etiquette have done so unintentionally and should not be criticized. Although I, too, deeply feel the senseless loss of human life, respect and dignity for the half-mast flag salute should be reserved for the broader significance which is represented by our venerable flag and it should not be trivialized regardless of otherwise honorable intentions.
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