On April 10, Governor Whitmer ordered the US Flag to be flown at half-staff indefinitely for the victims of the Covid 19 virus.
Though we all grieve for the losses of life, we believe proper respect for our flag must be maintained, no matter the circumstances.
We owe that respect to our living, our dead, and our flag.
Some background on flag etiquette.
In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any state, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the governor of that state, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.
The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the president or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the vice president, the chief justice or a retired chief justice of the United States, or the speaker of the house of representatives; from the day of death until interment of an associate justice of the Supreme Court, a secretary of an executive or military department, a former vice president, or the governor of a state, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a member of congress.
The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.
The flag should not be flown at half – staff indefinitely
Governor Whitmer has taken and trivialized our most reverent memorial salute.
The US Flags need to be raised immediately to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the US flag at half-staff.