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Thursday, July 08, 2004

Flags at Half Mast?

Well, I can't figure it out. Flags have been flying at half mast for something like a month now. Is this all still just for Reagan? If so, man, that's a long time. And how many of our boys have died in Iraq in the meantime? Reagan was an interesting president to be sure - flamboyant, controversial, gave us Reaganomics and all sorts of other bizarre legacies, but it seems odd to keep flags down for a month for the death of a president who wasn't in office at the time. If he'd been assasinated I could see it. But we've been expecting him to die for years. He had Alzheimer's Disease. His death wasn't a big shock.

Anyway, I'm just confused. I'm wondering if I'm missing something. And wondering how long this is planning to go on.

6 Comments:

  • July 5th should have been the last day. Presidents get 30 days at half-mast, regardless of whether they were good or bad, in office or retired, assassinated or died of old age. Vice-presidents and governors get 10 days, and it goes down from there.

    I think people aren't paying much attention now, and are continuing to raise the flag to half-mast because they see everyone else doing it.

    Sounds like a job for the post-it brigade.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 10:15 AM  

  • Um, so I guess that Nixon didn't get it because he resigned? I mean, he was president. He just stopped being president. Anyway, he sure didn't get a 30 day stint.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 11:12 AM  

  • Nixon should have gotten 30 days at half-mast when he died, but not when he resigned. I don't remember if people did at the time or not.

    By Blogger Anthony, at 11:57 AM  

  • 30 days? I guess that confirms it. The warehouse across the street (Anheuser-Bush is our neighbor. yay) only just stopped flying their flag out front at half mast. I'd been wondering if it was for Reagan after all this time.

    By Blogger Bill B, at 1:33 PM  

  • It's not Reagan they're mourning. It's the official death of the 80s. Makes ya wanna cry. ;)

    By Blogger Ray Hill, at 10:53 PM  

  • As an Australian I found the circus associated with Reagan's funeral to be very bizarre. Flying his body back and forward across the country with poor old Nancy having to tag along. I suppose in about 30 years time there will be 30 days of mourning for George Dubya. I wonder how he will be remembered?

    By Blogger Andrew, at 4:51 AM  

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