The Ohio burgee — the Buckeye State’s distinctive state flag — soon may have an official retirement ceremony. A bill to adopt such a policy has cleared both houses of the Ohio Legislature and awaits forwarding to Gov. John Kasich for his signature by the end of the 132nd General Assembly at year’s end. As state flag history goes, here in the 17th state, a retirement protocol is right on schedule. Ohio did not adopt a state flag for the first 99 years of its existence, and it wasn’t for another 100 years that legislators approved a specific pledge of allegiance to the state flag. According to the Norwalk lawmaker championing the retirement ceremony, House Bill 359 would add the last piece of the state flag’s life — retirement. “I am sure many in this room have heard of or participated in a retirement of the U.S. Flag,” Republican Rep. Dick Stein said in written testimony to senate committee members. “Many groups including the … [Read more...] about Bill adopting state flag retirement protocol advances
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U.S. On Monday morning, the American flag flying at the White House was raised to full staff after being lowered to half-staff over the weekend to honor Senator John McCain following his death. The quick return of the flag to its full height shocked some but was it a sign of President Donald Trump’s thoughts on McCain or was the White House simply following the code? United States Flag Code dictates various measures regarding the flag, including where, when and how the flag should be displayed. To be in accordance with the code, when a flag is set to be flown at half-staff, it first must be raised to the top of the flagpole and then lowered, not simply raised to the half way mark. Following the death of principal figures of the government, including senators, representatives and governors, the current president can order the flag to be flown at half-staff in respect to their memory. The length of time the flag remains at half-staff depends on the … [Read more...] about Trump Criticized for White House Flag at Full Mast Only Two Days After McCain’s Death, What Is the Code?
Sarah Brookbank Cincinnati Enquirer Published 2:24 p.m. UTC Jul 4, 2018 Happy Independence Day. Look down at your shirt. Is it an American flag? If it is, congratulations, you're violating flag code. Chances are most Americans have violated United States flag code and violations run rampant on the Fourth of July. The code, approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, confirmed existing customs and rules governing the display and use of the flag of the United States by civilians. United States Flag Code's most prolific section is the section for respecting the flag, that's where it says that the flag should not touch the ground. Citizens aren't supposed to use the flag on paper plates or napkins that can be thrown away or on clothing (sorry Old Navy). There is one exception, a flag patch may be used on uniforms for military personnel, law enforcement and first responders. "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered … [Read more...] about Fourth of July: Are you violating US flag code? Probably
President Donald Trump finally gave the order to fly the American flag at half-staff for the slain Capital Gazette journalists. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images O say, can you see a controversy?The internet was fuming yesterday after reports emerged that President Donald Trump denied a request to lower the nation’s flags to half-staff in memory of the five Capital Gazette journalists killed in Annapolis, Maryland.Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley said he was “disappointed” in the decision. The Maryland state flag was lowered last weekend to mark the tragedy.“This was an attack on the press,” he said. “It was an attack on freedom of speech. It’s just as important as any other tragedy.”But then this morning, Trump pulled an abrupt about-face. He said all flags at the White House, public buildings and military posts should be lowered to half-staff today in honor of the slain journalists.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee … [Read more...] about Trump Orders Flags at Half-Staff for Slain Journalists, But Still Blasts ‘Fake News’
It is likely to be one of the biggest protests over immigration, an issue that has proved deeply divisive under the presidency of Donald Trump.Dubbed "Families Belong Together", the demonstration in Washington began at Lafayette Square where crowds gathered directly across from the White House before a planned march toward the Capitol.The rally was organized by group March on Vancouver, and is one of 16 taking place in Canada, and dozens scheduled across the USA on Saturday.The rallies, organized by a coalition of groups called Families Belong Together, focused on calling for an end to the immigration policy that directs federal prosecutors to prosecute all adults who cross the U.S.That policy led to thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents at the border before President Trump, bowing to bipartisan pressure, signed an executive order aimed at allowing most migrant families to be detained together. "I just cry about it all the time"."Do we want to be a nation of … [Read more...] about Thousands protest in United States over migrant separations