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Friday, February 13, 2021

That’s what I’m declaring the all-too-frequent flying of American flags at half-mast when there’s no apparent commemorative reason, like a holiday or notable event.

Because in those cases, it’s apparent that the only reason that that particular Stars and Stripes is only halfway up its flagpole is because whoever hoisted it up there was too lazy to take it all the way to the top. Maybe they set it there days or weeks beforehand, for the appropriate holiday; but that doesn’t excuse freezing it in place after that.

I see this on display most days, while walking by various flag-waving buildings (residences generally don’t commit this, but only because they don’t have a full-sized flagpole to slack on). I’m not much of a stickler for ceremony, but this misrepresentation manages to rankle me — mainly because it makes me wonder if I haven’t missed some big news being correctly signified. Of course, that’s almost never the case, so it simply leads to misinformation, however minor.

So: Flag-flying at half-assed half-mast. Says it all, I think.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/13/2009 02:01pm
Category: Comedy, Political
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