Skip to comments.Why were flags flown at half-staff today?
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?
no idea..hmmm. Somebody important in DC die?
I think they are always like that at Union Station.
I dunno, thanks for axin'.
Must've been a reaction to the Redskins game.
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....
WOOHOO....GO Giants.....hey give me a break, after the collapse of the Yankees I gotta recover some way
There was a pre-marathon event today too.
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.
Officially, it will be on November 7th.
Visiting Albuquerque on Friday, I saw a flag at half-mast there, too.
I will have to re-read the story. It was filed 609pm ET - didn't say how many had died...
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.
There's a ship in Albuquerque?
Thanks for the further explanation.
Definitely a fitting tribute.
I think I've found it -- an Amendment to 36 U.S.C. 151302:
hey for that, ther would be dancing in the streets! shouldn't say that, but my heart would not be broken.
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.
There would have been fireworks at my house.
No, that would be fireworks, parades and kids let out of school.
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.
Columbus Day, Oct. 9, federal holiday. Don't expect any mail delivery tomorrow.
My neighbors are retired military, and they were flying the flag in their yard at half mast too.
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.
"Which is now renamed, on my wall calendar, as Day of the Race"
You are joking, I hope.
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.
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.
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.
Columbus Day? Today is a holiday and that is why everyone is off today! Ya!!!! Love Monday's off!!!! Hope everyone enjoys it!
Yes our military personnel getting killed is a horrible incident. A bunch of sick folks is not exactly what I would call horrible. Priorities!!!!
Given the political leanings of the civil service, I figure it may have something to do with the tenth anniversary of Fox News.
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.
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 :)
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.
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