US Flag Code

What would you think if an amendment were made to the US Flag Code which would include lowering the flag to half-staff upon the death of a first responder and the option of a flag draped casket?

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8 Responses to US Flag Code

  1. Hal Grout says:

    I think it should be allowed. Perhaps this group could be the vehicle to help make it happen.

  2. Bob Cetta says:

    I have researched this many times and there is nothing in the flag code that prohibits the flags use on any casket….it is allowed. As for lowering the flag to half staff that can be accomplished at anytime by request to the governor of your state. I hope this helps. This link to the american flaf foundation lists this info, but it is not, by far, the only location this info is available.

    http://www.americanflagfoundation.org/_media/pdf/educationalresources/Flag_QandA.pdf

  3. Tom Benjamin says:

    I too think that it should be lowered as well as drapped on the casket. On very few occassions I havehad troubles with the law stating the flag could only be lowered by the govenor, most will do it without question. Should be that easy in my mind!

  4. Brent Jones says:

    The casket of any Military, Law Enforcement, and Firefighter that dies in the line of duty ARE ALLOWED to have a flag draped coffin. That is customary for all protective services. When i find a web page to prove this i will post it. Work with your local funeral home and you may be able to recieve a free funeral and flag for an LODD. We have this worked out with numerous funeral homes in the city of Milwaukee.

  5. Michael Pfaltzgraff says:

    Not to take anything away from our troops, but if someone has served 20 or 30 years in the service of a fire department or law enforcement organization, they have knowingly placed their lives on the line to proctect the lives and property of American citizens. I personally believe if the family desires a flag to be draped over the coffin, they have earned it.

  6. Doug says:

    I absolutely agree that this needs to be spelled out more clearly. I hope that passionate folks, much like the ones tracking this blog, are able to continue to push this movement in the right direction. The lack of clarity and the passion of those acting and executing procedures is something we run into at most any death. We all have the desire to honor our fallen, any guidance and direction to assist us will make those processes that much easier. Press on fine Sir!

  7. Jim says:

    Althought nothing specifically prohibits the use of a flag on a casket, that can and has been misinterpreted because it’s not specifically mentioned. Legislative amendments are being offered at this time to specifically spell it out. What do you think?

  8. Pete Scales says:

    As many of you may already be aware the American Legions have full control of and policies relating to and in reference to the Amercian Flag. This was set in place by congress many years ago. They will tell you that the draping and lowering of flags is for military only. From the contacts I have had, they are fairly adamant about that.

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