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  • U.S. Flags Lowered For Mandela, A Rare Honor For Foreign Leaders

    12/06/2013 2:44:02 PM PST · by Jean S · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/6/13 | Emily Siner
    After the death of Nelson Mandela, President Obama ordered that U.S. flags on government buildings be flown at half-staff until Monday evening — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning.It's a tradition observed by countries around the world, one that began as early as the 17th century. Mental Floss reports: "The oldest commonly accepted reference to a half-staff flag dates back to 1612, when the captain of the British ship Heart's Ease died on a journey to Canada. When the ship returned to London, it was flying its flag at half-mast to honor the departed captain." Some scholars say...
  • Obama Orders US Flags to Fly at Half-staff in Mandela Tribute

    12/05/2013 9:39:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 09:46 PM | (AFP)
    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the White House and public buildings, with the US in mourning over the death of “close friend” and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela. Obama’s proclamation, which also extended to the White House, US foreign missions, military posts, naval stations and military vessels, was valid through sunset on Monday. …
  • Obama orders flags at half mast

    07/20/2012 2:24:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 76 replies
    poltico44 ^ | 7/20/12 | BYRON TAU
    In a Friday proclamation, President Obama ordered the flags on public buildings flown at half mast in honor of the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colo "as a mark of respect." The order applies to the "White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in
  • Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston

    02/16/2012 9:21:43 AM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 32 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 2.15.12 | staff
    Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve. When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her. “I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.” McGeath had three sons who were active duty Marines. Her oldest, Philip, was killed by a suicide bomber just four weeks ago in Afghanistan. He was 25....
  • GOVERNOR WRONG TO HAVE FLAG LOWERED TO HALF STAFF FOR CELEBRITIES

    02/18/2012 5:40:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 100 replies
    GOVERNOR WRONG TO HAVE FLAG LOWERED TO HALF STAFF FOR CELEBRITIES NJLawman.com-Police and Law Enforcement News Thursday, February 16, 2012 Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered all New Jersey State and American flags to be lowered to half staff on Saturday in honor of Entertainer Whitney Houston who passed away this week. Last year, the governor did the same for Clarence Clemmons, the saxophone player for the E Street Band. In January, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett ordered the state flag to half staff for three days in honor of Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno when he passed. We...
  • Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston

    02/16/2012 10:12:01 AM PST · by ZULU · 55 replies
    CBS ^ | Feb 15, 2012 | CBS
    Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve. When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her. “I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.” McGeath had three sons who were active duty Marines. Her oldest, Philip, was killed by a suicide bomber just four weeks ago in Afghanistan. He was 25.
  • In honor of Whitney Houston, Gov. Christie ordering flags flown at half-staff in N.J.

    02/15/2012 6:38:11 AM PST · by doyle · 96 replies
    WPIX TV ^ | 2/15/12 | Julia Jacobo
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he plans to order flags on public buildings to fly at half-staff on the day of Whitney Houston's funeral to honor the songstress and Jersey native. "Whitney Houston was an important part of the cultural fabric of this state," Christie said during a press release Tuesday. Christie also said the pop legend belongs in the same category as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen. He said he will sign the order later in the week after Houston's family makes a final decision regarding time and place of the funeral. A Newark...
  • "Flags at half-staff."

    04/08/2010 1:30:05 PM PDT · by zerosix · 28 replies · 2,203+ views
    4/8/10 | Self
    Does anyone out in Freeper-land know why American flags are flying at half-staff?
  • Has 0bama ordered the U.S. Flag to half-staff for Ft. Hood?

    11/06/2009 9:18:40 AM PST · by TXnMA · 27 replies · 2,971+ views
    HalfStaff.org ^ | 06NOV09 | Unknown
    11/05/09 - We have not heard an official declaration to fly your American flags at Half Staff for the victims of the Fort Hood shootings. Sign up for our half staff notices and we will email you notification as soon as we hear the declaration. 9/11/09 American flags will be at half staff on Friday September 11, 2009 for Patriot Day.
  • Obama orders flags flown at half-staff

    As a mark of respect for the memory of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on August 30, 2009.
  • Governor's abuse of flag code confuses flag owners

    06/27/2007 1:22:52 PM PDT · by BigAlPro · 18 replies · 837+ views
    Helvitorial.com ^ | 6/27/07 | Alan Helvig
    The American Flag is a perpetual symbol of independence, freedom and liberty. It is a declaration of the sovereignty of the United States. Old Glory flies high atop her pole as the ultimate icon of truth, justice and democracy. Our flag is a standing reminder that our nation is a republic, which broke away from the grip of tyranny, in order to form a more perfect union. The American Flag soars over our federal buildings and welcomes us to our national monuments. It lines the streets of our cities and leads the way in our parades. Our flag flies proudly...
  • Why were flags flown at half-staff today?

    10/08/2006 7:08:29 PM PDT · by sdk7x7 · 37 replies · 15,491+ views
    me
    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?
  • Bush: US Flag to be lowered to half staff for Chief Justice Rehnquist and the victims of Katrina

    09/04/2005 4:59:34 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 46 replies · 3,388+ views
    Fox News (TV) ^ | 04 SEP 05 | Verbal
    Fox News (TV) just announced that President Bush has ordered that U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff until September 20 in honor of those who are victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • President's Statement on the Death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 09-04-05

    09/04/2005 10:47:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 536+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 09-04-05 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretarySeptember 4, 2005 President's Statement on the Death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist The Roosevelt Room 10:01 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night. Laura and I send our respect and deepest sympathy to this good man's children, Jim, Janet, and Nancy. We send our respect to all the members of the Rehnquist family. William H. Rehnquist was born and raised in Wisconsin. He was the grandson of Swedish immigrants. Like so many of his generation, he served in the...
  • Student’s memorial drawing criticism - (pizza robber killed by police gets half-staff flag)

    04/23/2005 10:17:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 1,519+ views
    NIAGRA-GAZETTE.COM ^ | APRIL 23, 2005 | Rick Forgione
    A student-created memorial honoring Niagara Falls High School sophomore Anthony “Tony” Sheard is causing some stir in the community. Sheard was shot and killed Wednesday night while allegedly trying to rob a pizza delivery man in the 1300 block of Pierce Ave. While police have linked him to gang activity in the past, friends, family and school officials remember a different side of Sheard. Flowers litter the floor around Sheard’s locker located on the fourth floor of Niagara Falls High School. The locker is covered with photographs of Sheard, letters and posters. Messages include “Rest In Peace” and “We Love...
  • CA: Arnold's economic recovery flag is at half-staff

    02/04/2004 10:18:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 198+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/4/04 | Peter Schrag
    <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to say that if he could sell some of his movies, he can surely sell California. But even if he succeeds in getting the major workers' comp and regulatory reforms he wants, California's business climate and its overall job picture will need a lot more attention.</p>