Flag Etiquette

by Steve on February 16, 2012

I like and respect Governor Christie, which is something I can’t say about most politicians these days, and I enjoyed some of Whitney Houston’s music back in the day but the Governor’s decision to order the US flag to half staff in her honor is wrong. I’ll probably get flamed for this but Whitney doesn’t deserve this honor which is reserved for those who have served their country at top levels of military and civilian authority. Christie’s decision is something I would expect out of Hollywood, completely out of character for him. (Emphasis is mine)

The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia. The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. As used in this subsection —

  1. the term “half-staff” means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
  2. the term “executive or military department” means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5, United States Code; and
  3. the term “Member of Congress” means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

The Governor should know better, or at least someone on his staff should have the balls to bring this pandering to his attention.


Dbie Johnson February 16, 2012 at 8:58

No flaming from me… unless you count the letter I sent to Gov Christie yesterday or the facebook post I wrote, quoting the exact section of the flag code you highlighted. It is shameful to see our flag lowered to honor a drug addicted singer who brought about her own death.

J Carmichael February 16, 2012 at 10:29


Retired AC1 February 20, 2012 at 17:52

A junkie singer dies of an OD and gets honored by a flag at half mast.
A veteran existing under a bridge or in an abandoned building in a substance induced effort to silence service induced demons dies and is swept up with the trash.
Yep we damn sure have the priorities right.

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