Thursday, January 25, 2007

The mourning period for former president Gerald Ford is finally over.

You can again fly your flag at the top of the flagpole.

In case you hadn't noticed, flags all over the country were at half staff for 30 days. Why you ask? Because that, apparently, is standard policy for the month-ish following the death of a president.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for Pres. Ford (well, to be honest, I really don't know that much about him, so maybe I shouldn't say that), but 30 days of mourning, for a guy who was already in his 90's? Doesn't that seem a bit excessive? I could definitely understand if it were a sitting president who died, but I don't know about a former president - who was in office 30 years ago.

Call me insensitive, but it seems like a bit much to me.

In keeping with the flag theme... a "trivia question of the day"... Where is the flag never flown at half-staff? Leave me your guesses... I know of at least two answers - they will be posted in approximately a week.


AndDro said...

I think a poll should be taken 10 years after a President leaves office and then it's decided how long flags stay at half staff when they die. Max would be 30 days, min would be a brief pause as it's raised in the morning. This idea could have some legs. By the way, the Sportscore flags were also lowered to half staff for former Pres. Ford; that was a bit much.

Katrina said...

I think I could back that idea. There's no way everyone deserves 30 days just for sitting in the oval office for a few years. And I agree, the Sportscore flags being lowered is a bit much... might have to talk to Bry about that one.

Also... the answer to the trivia.

Two places the flag never flies at half staff are in battle, and on the moon - a bit of a logistical nightmare to get that one lowered whenever necessary. Unless of course we never made it to the moon... and the whole thing is a hoax. Hmmm...