Flag etiquette...
May 24, 2012 | 742 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
May 15 was Peace Officers Memorial Day. The U.S. flag was supposed to be flown at half-mast from morning until evening.

Evidently, a lot of people didn’t know that.

I had a good friend, Lynn Pehrson with the Utah Highway Patrol, who lived several years in Moab. He moved to Panguitch, Utah in November 1987. On the first day on the job in Panguitch he stopped a stolen car and was shot and killed.

The UHP had a cross to mark the spot where he was killed. I guess now it’s not politically correct to do that, so they had to remove it.

I live on Locust Lane and have the old flag pole that stood many years at the Southeast Elementary School. I flew the U.S. flag the proper way on May 15. Plus, there is a POW-MIA flag that belongs to Bill Bly. He spent 30 months as a POW of the Chinese during the Korean War. I am also a veteran of the Korean War. I’m pretty proud of that flag and what it stands for.

Maybe next year Mayor Dave Sakrison can get a sharp stick and get City Hall, the fire station and the hospital to lower their flags to half-mast. Maybe the Post Office, too.

People who fly the U.S. flag should know the proper way.

—Neal Swisher


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