Occasionally, our board
has been asked to lower our flag to half staff in remembrance
of a community member. While we would like to show respect, in
these circumstances lowering the flag is inconsistent with US
Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7. This is also addressed through
the American Legion in a question and answer section, as follows:
Question: Can the
mayor order the flag to be half-staffed?
Answer: No, only the President
of the United States or the Governor of your State may order
the flag to be half-staffed.
Those individuals and agencies
that usurp authority and display the flag at half-staff on inappropriate
occasions are quickly eroding the honor and reverence accorded
this solemn act.