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  • isn’t it procedure to lower flags in the whole state ?

    • kcjonez

      The criteria for flying the flag at half mast has been watered down as to be nearly meaningless now.  It’s a shame–it used to be deeply meaningful.

      • Anonymous

        So you are saying that this soldier isn’t worth lowering the flag for???????

        • kcjonez

          No, I am saying that if this soldier is worth lowering the flag for, then we may as well leave it at half staff all the time.  
          Do you think we should remain in perpetual mourning?  

          • Anonymous

            He is lowering it for a Maine soldier, they dont die daily…

      • All Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen deserve to be honored when they pass. However I have to agree that I beleive we are watering down what it means to have the flags at half-staff. This is what it appears to look like. If you are on active duty and are killed in combat the flags are lowered to half staff state wide. If you are on active duty and die stateside the flags are flown at half staff in the city you went to school in. My question is, is the same being done for former members of the military, how about retired military members? I by no means am saying the Soldier isn’t worth lowering the flag for. What I would like to know is what are the guidlines? 

        • kcjonez

          The key word in the protocol guidelines is “may”.  The governor MAY proclaim…….

          If a soldier had been killed in combat I would have no issue at all with the governors action.  With all due respect to Sgt. Alward’s family, I believe the governor is just trying to score points, even though the action is technically within the flag protocol guidelines.  

      • Anonymous

        It was meaningful until people lowered the flag for Whitney Houston. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was reserved for those killed in combat…???

  • Anonymous

    Sad day when the Governor has to order our flag at half mast because we lost one of our men, we as  humans have learnt to take every thing for granted today and I mean every thing, right down to the water we drink.

  • Anonymous

    Sir, thank you for your dedicated services. My condolences to the family.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your service, My condolences to the family.

  • Lord Whiteman

     To bad Lepage the draft dodger has to use this tragic accident to make himself look good.

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