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Why were flags flown at half-staff today?
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Posted on 10/08/2006 7:08:29 PM PDT by sdk7x7

Vanity question: today I was in the area of Union Station (Washington, DC) and noticed that all of the American and state flags around there were being flown at half-staff. A few blocks away I saw the same thing at a government building.

I've looked online to figure out why this was, but I haven't come up with anything. Does anyone have any ideas?


TOPICS: US: District of Columbia; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: americanflag; halfstaff; washington

1 posted on 10/08/2006 7:08:31 PM PDT by sdk7x7
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To: sdk7x7

no idea..hmmm. Somebody important in DC die?


2 posted on 10/08/2006 7:09:26 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Jewels1091

I think they are always like that at Union Station.


3 posted on 10/08/2006 7:12:28 PM PDT by Perdogg (Democratic Party - The political wing of Al Qaida)
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To: sdk7x7

I dunno, thanks for axin'.


4 posted on 10/08/2006 7:13:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you wearing boxers?)
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To: sdk7x7

Must've been a reaction to the Redskins game.


5 posted on 10/08/2006 7:15:10 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: sdk7x7

I noticed the flags in my area, central coast of California, were at half mast also today. We had a long time mayor pass away last week, so I assumed that was the reason. But now, I wonder. Is it just a coincidence? Hmmm....


6 posted on 10/08/2006 7:15:54 PM PDT by luv2lurkhere (Terri changed everything)
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To: JennysCool
Must've been a reaction to the Redskins game.

WOOHOO....GO Giants.....hey give me a break, after the collapse of the Yankees I gotta recover some way

Doogle

7 posted on 10/08/2006 7:17:39 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: sdk7x7
The 20th Annual AIDS Walk Washington to benefit Whitman-Walker Clinic. Although this was on October 7, it looks like there were some flags (not otherwise attended to) that were lowered by unknown persons to half staff and were still that way on October 8.

There was a pre-marathon event today too.

8 posted on 10/08/2006 7:19:50 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sdk7x7

Actually, I think this is it:

In accordance with federal Public Law 107-51, the Sunday of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October is set aside to remember fallen firefighters throughout the nation.


9 posted on 10/08/2006 7:20:09 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: sdk7x7
Getting an early start on the death of our country as we know it.

Officially, it will be on November 7th.

10 posted on 10/08/2006 7:20:16 PM PDT by GoBucks2002 (Sex offenders: Republicans Remove, Democrats Re-Elect)
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To: sdk7x7

Visiting Albuquerque on Friday, I saw a flag at half-mast there, too.


11 posted on 10/08/2006 7:25:35 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Teddy drank, people sank.)
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To: sdk7x7
Five US deaths in Iraq were just reported on Fox. Some on Friday, some today, IIRC. I couldn't find anything else. The report was very odd (on FNC) - it seemed little info... OH- several hundred Iraqi policemen were poisoned at their Ramadan breaking of the fast. A horrible incident.
12 posted on 10/08/2006 7:27:16 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Depose Nancy! What did she know and when did she know it?)
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To: PghBaldy

I will have to re-read the story. It was filed 609pm ET - didn't say how many had died...


13 posted on 10/08/2006 7:28:52 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Depose Nancy! What did she know and when did she know it?)
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To: JennysCool

Yep. That's the reason.

This Sunday, October 8, 2006 is National Fallen Firefighter Day.

Did you know that the law requires the American flag be lowered in tribute on only a few days each year? Quite appropriately, one of these days is the observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush approved legislation requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on all Federal buildings to memorialize fallen firefighters. Public Law 107-51 requires this action to occur annually in conjunction with observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Let your local media know that American flags across the country will be lowered on Sunday, October 8, 2006. This includes the U.S. Capitol and the White House, as well as buildings in your local community.

Remember to lower the American flags at your home, fire department, and business. Encourage your local community to follow the Federal Government's example. When you lower your flag this year, you will recognize the brave men and women who died protecting their communities from natural and manmade emergencies and disasters and those who carry on the proud tradition.


14 posted on 10/08/2006 7:33:53 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: AZLiberty
Visiting Albuquerque on Friday, I saw a flag at half-mast there, too

There's a ship in Albuquerque?

16 posted on 10/08/2006 7:36:50 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Everyone keep clam!)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Thanks for the further explanation.

Definitely a fitting tribute.


17 posted on 10/08/2006 7:43:05 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: luv2lurkhere

I think I've found it -- an Amendment to 36 U.S.C. 151302:



Pub. L. 107-51, Oct. 16, 2001, 115 Stat. 267, provided that:

Whereas 1,200,000 men and women comprise the American fire and emergency services;
Whereas the fire and emergency services is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States;
Whereas fire and emergency services personnel respond to over 16 million emergency calls annually, without reservation and with little regard for their personal safety;
Whereas fire and emergency services personnel are the first to respond to an emergency, whether it involves a fire, medical emergency, spill of hazardous materials, natural disaster, act of terrorism, or transportation accident;
Whereas approximately one-third of all active fire and emergency personnel suffer debilitating injuries annually; and
Whereas approximately 100 fire and emergency services personnel die annually in the line of duty: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That each year, the American flags on all Federal office buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.




Now the law doesn't specifically say what day -- is it Oct. 16 (which is also Columbus Day this year)? At least the United States Code specifically mentions December 7 for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and September 11 for Patriot Day, and May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day (the third Saturday in May), in which case the flag is not flown at half-staff...


18 posted on 10/08/2006 7:43:52 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Howie66

hey for that, ther would be dancing in the streets! shouldn't say that, but my heart would not be broken.


19 posted on 10/08/2006 7:48:41 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
This is pertinent:

Let your local media know that American flags across the country will be lowered on Sunday, October 8, 2006.

Judging from the distinct lack of coverage (we all had to do quite a bit of searching to find the reason), the media was apparently too busy reporting salacious e-mails to do much about fallen emergency services workers.

20 posted on 10/08/2006 7:56:32 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: Howie66
Nancy Pelosi passed away.

There would have been fireworks at my house.

21 posted on 10/08/2006 7:56:35 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Howie66
Nancy Pelosi passed away.

No, that would be fireworks, parades and kids let out of school.

22 posted on 10/08/2006 8:05:21 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline has been Reutered. (Can you tell?))
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To: sdk7x7

It has to be for Columbus day. Flying the flags at half staff, must have been intended as an insult to Columbus, by the rewrite history buttheads.


23 posted on 10/08/2006 8:06:19 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Wanta find a Mosque? Get your self a bomb sniffing dog.)
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To: sdk7x7

Columbus Day, Oct. 9, federal holiday. Don't expect any mail delivery tomorrow.


24 posted on 10/08/2006 8:06:44 PM PDT by kitkat (The first step down to hell is to deny the existence of evil. I)
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To: JennysCool

No doubt.


25 posted on 10/08/2006 8:10:39 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: sdk7x7

My neighbors are retired military, and they were flying the flag in their yard at half mast too.


26 posted on 10/08/2006 8:24:28 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Jewels1091

Flags are lowered for Columbus Day? Which is now renamed, on my wall calendar, as Day of the Race (M) -- which must be 'Dia de la Raza' (Mexico). I nearly tore it off the wall.


27 posted on 10/08/2006 10:34:07 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: bboop

"Which is now renamed, on my wall calendar, as Day of the Race"
You are joking, I hope.


28 posted on 10/09/2006 12:05:04 AM PDT by August West (To each according to his ability, from each according to his need...)
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To: August West; bboop

In Venezuela (per Chavez) it's called "Day of Indigenous Resistance!"

BTW, Día de la Raza ("day of the race"), commemorating the first encounters of Europe and Native Americans, was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela in 1921, Chile in 1923, and Mexico in 1928.


29 posted on 10/09/2006 12:17:17 AM PDT by endthematrix (“Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence.”)
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To: August West

NO!! I went to mark Columbus Day -- we have the flag he flew under, I thot I'd hang it up. And there it was, marked like that!! (made by Mead, Westvaco Office Products -- one of those big month-by-month ones).

I 'bout ripped it off the wall.


30 posted on 10/09/2006 5:46:57 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: endthematrix

It's from the 1920's? Correlating with what, I wonder? It sounds really BAD in English.

I definitely am putting up Ferdinand and Isabella's flag.


31 posted on 10/09/2006 5:48:02 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: sdk7x7

Columbus Day? Today is a holiday and that is why everyone is off today! Ya!!!! Love Monday's off!!!! Hope everyone enjoys it!


32 posted on 10/09/2006 5:53:46 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: PghBaldy

Yes our military personnel getting killed is a horrible incident. A bunch of sick folks is not exactly what I would call horrible. Priorities!!!!


33 posted on 10/09/2006 5:55:55 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: sdk7x7

Given the political leanings of the civil service, I figure it may have something to do with the tenth anniversary of Fox News.


34 posted on 10/09/2006 6:11:21 AM PDT by Zakeet (Be thankful we don't get all the government we pay for)
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To: luv2lurkhere

They have been ordered in the past for memorial reasons, maybe it was ordered because of the attack on the little girls in the Amish schoolhouse.


35 posted on 10/09/2006 6:13:42 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: napscoordinator

Considering Iraq is our ally, and it was not known by me if hundreds were going to die, it might have been a kind gesture to them. The news reports I saw didn't have much info. The five deaths was alot (for us). I was just throwing out everything I could think of. I don't know :)


36 posted on 10/09/2006 6:04:02 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Depose Nancy! What did she know and when did she know it?)
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To: sdk7x7

I just googled why I saw flags here in Ca at half mast today and found this FR post from last month. Still no answer that I am aware of either.


37 posted on 11/06/2006 9:01:03 PM PST by TheresaKett
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To: sdk7x7

I googled and found the below answers to the same question on chacha.com. Dorothy or JFK??

President Barack Obama
has ordered the U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and at all public buildings and military installations on Thursday in honor of civil rights
legend Dorothy Height. ChaCha!

Apr 28 2010, 04:47pm | www.lasvegassun.com Sadly, I can find no mention of South Carolina flags being flown at half staff. It is either a mistake, or someone local has died.

Sep 13 2009, 09:12pm Flags must remain at half-mast until sunset on Sunday and be lowered again until sunset on the day of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s burial.

Aug 30 2009, 12:13pm | www.business-standard.com Flags around the country are being flown at half mast to remember Senator Ted Kennedy, who died Thursday. He was 77 years old.

Aug 28 2009, 01:02pm | www.cleveland.com


38 posted on 06/17/2010 4:20:07 PM PDT by kc_jams
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