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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:50 PM
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Will/Should flags be lowered to half-staff?
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 01:51 PM by VolcanoJen
I was just thinking about this, and wondering if this is something only done to honor American citizens.

Have flags been lowered to half-staff/half-mast in sympathy of foreign nations before? I know one of my DU brothers or sisters will have the answer.

My head is a little foggy on this saddest of days. :-(
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:52 PM
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1. They should be
I think they probably will be.

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:52 PM
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2. Yes...most likely it will
It flew recently at half-mast for the Tsunami victims...not just the American ones either.
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:52 PM
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3. Canada is doing it.
PM just announced it.
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:52 PM
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4. I think it would
be a nice gesture....a show of solidarity with the rest of the civilized world would be well taken I think.
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:53 PM
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5. Yes. Absolutely.
Without any doubt.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:54 PM
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6. The britsh did
not only that the brits played the star spangled banner at the palace, it could be done,...
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:56 PM
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7. Were they after the Madrid bombing ?
I don't think so...
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:02 PM
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11. I don't think they were, either.
And if they weren't, that seems like a horrible mistake.
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:06 PM
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13. I agree...
I do think they should be lowered, but I really don't think Spain suffered any less...I hope it wasn't because they decided to pull out of the "coalition of the willing."
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:57 PM
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8. They were lowered for the pope's passing this year
So I would think that it should happen today.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:01 PM
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9. Thank you, everyone, and I agree they should be lowered.
I'm ready to just do it myself... when would an announcement happen? Would Bush announce it from the G8, and shouldn't he get on with it?
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:02 PM
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10. I hope so.
Other nations did it for 9/11.
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:06 PM
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12. They already are here (Missouri)
Can't be 100% sure it's because of London.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:16 PM
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15. Is this something private citizens are doing?
Very interesting, Terran!
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:14 PM
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21. No, it's state government
I work for a state agency, and our flags are at half-mast. They were down at 1 PM when I went to lunch.

Of course, our state government is run by republicans, so who knows, they may have had other ideas.
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:19 PM
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24. Update on that
I read this evening that a state Senator died today of cancer. So it's no doubt in his honor, not for England. Our twit repug of a governor would never display such class--I should have known.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:06 AM
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25. Thanks for the clarification, Terran.
I'm sorry about your state Senator. Maybe you and the people of your state could look at the lowered flag in two ways?

I've seen a few lowered flags in my neighborhood tonight...
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ConfuZed Donating Member (856 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:07 PM
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14. Should we fly a british flag as a sign of solidarity
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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:18 PM
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16. or maybe scoop centuries-old tea out of Boston Harbor
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ps1074 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:05 PM
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17. I might be wrong but I think
The protocol requires Britain announcing a national day of mourning and lowering their flag first. Only after that it is appropriate for foreign nations to lower their flags.

Than again I might be wrong. :shrug:
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:09 PM
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18. Interesting idea.
The thought behind it indicates that your conscience is raised twice as high as the average person's. I admire that! The power of symbolism is very important, and you understand that. Thank you for adding this thought to today's dscussion; I hope it causes others to stop and think. It did me!
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info being Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:17 PM
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19. They should be lowered all the way
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:22 PM
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20. I just checked USFlag.org
And they say the flag is lowered on Presidential orders, for the death of foreign dignitaries. This would cover John Paul II (since the Vatican is a separate nation), but not ordinary civilian deaths.

That being said, I expect if you wish to fly your own flags at half-staff, I seriously doubt anyone will think less of you.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:16 PM
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22. I was expecting them to be lowered when I went out earlier.
They were not. Perhaps that will change. It's the decent thing to do.

Thanks, VJ, for thinking with your heart and your mind.
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Biased Liberal Media Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:17 PM
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23. Absolutely. /nt
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