|Should flags be at half-staff?|
I met a nice guy today by the name of Jerry Johnson. He says he is a retired firefighter from South Florida.
Needless to say, he was moved by the terrible tragedy that took the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday. Johnson is suggesting that businesses and others with American flags out front lower them to half staff in honor of the fallen firefighters.
"It's probably the worst disaster like this since 1933," he told me. Twenty-nine firefighters were killed in a blaze in Southern California's Griffith Park that year. Of course, 341 firefighters lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Johnson says he knows many people will be compelled to put up flags for the Fourth of July; he just suggests those with flag poles lower the flags in honor of those "hot shots."
I haven't seen any official proclamation or suggestion that we do so. I know there is very specific protocol for lowering the flag, for instance, to mark the death of a president. Perhaps proper authorities have already made the suggestion.
Thanks for the thought, Jerry.