Thursday, June 14, 2007

Kansas among 22 states that don't lower flags for fallen soldiers

A story in USA Today this morning says that Kansas is among 22 states that don't lower the flag every time one of the state's soldiers is killed overseas. The other 28 states have different policies -- sometimes lowering all flags, other times lowering flags only at request or in a soldier's hometown. The Hall Monitor contacted the Governor's office to see why Kansas decided to keep flags at full staff. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran wrote in an e-mail that Sebelius follows the President's lead and the U.S. code (Title 4, Chapter 1) related to flag protocol.

"In conferring with our State’s Adjutant General very early during the Governor’s first term, it was determined that the best way to honor the memories of our soldiers is to fly our flags high with pride," she wrote. "Our Adjutant General advised Governor Sebelius that some may see the lowering of the flag as defeat and that is not a message we would send to our troops fighting for freedom and the strength of our country. When we lower our flags on the morning of Memorial Day each year, and have a special ceremony with our Governor and families of fallen soldiers, that is our time to lower our flags and encourage all Kansans to do the same. (The President orders the US flag to be lowered at this same period.)"

For more on flag etiquette and efforts in Kansas, see Beccy Tanner's piece in The Eagle.

7 comments:

Mary Shane said...

Considering this country's current situation, all US flags should be flown at half staff until the last military personnel are home safe and sound.

Anonymous said...

I think all flags should be flown at half till our boys come home they deserve that in recognition as to what they are doing there for the rest of us

Mr. Greenjeans said...

When did Sebelius start following the President's lead? It figures that she would also blame this on the President.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Governor can explain why the European Union found Iraqi WMDs and then watch as Syria tested them in Sudan during the summer of 2004? Maybe she can explain why Libya admited to many tons of WMDs materials in 2004 and allow UN / EU inspections?

Anonymous said...

As a Kansas Guardsman serving currently serving in Iraq, I agree with both the President and our Govenor. As for the nancy's that want to fly the flags at 1/2 staff until we come home, we shouldn't be considering coming home until this job is done. If we don't finish now, we can finish later, but on our own soil.

Mix said...

The only reason they don't fly the flag at half mast is so you don't have a daily reminder of the blood shed and the massive loss of life in IRAQ.

This whole mess about fighting them over here if we don't fight them over there is pure propaganda. How hard is it to figure out that they are already here?

Anonymous said...

tvbush has something to do with this just. as much as not allowing flag covered caskets to be seen comming home. what a sad state of respect.