Governor directs flags lowered for shooting victims

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the tragedy at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

2 Responses to Governor directs flags lowered for shooting victims

  1. Jeff November 9, 2018 at 9:39 am #

    “Governors of U.S. states and territories are authorized by federal law to order all U.S. and state flags in their jurisdiction flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for a former or current state official who has died, or for a member of the armed forces who has died in active duty.”

    Is Governor Holcomb’s order within his authority?

  2. Mrs. Ima Ruth Green November 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

    In a word – no. At least not in my opinion and not as I understand the US Flag Code or the intent/purpose of this section therein – if not from a legal-eagle perspective. That said, have it that they can pretty much do whatever/however they want on this. But as we’ve largely morphed ourselves into a culture of political correctness and mentality of, “if it feels good do it” plus of either ignoring or ignorance of various traditions and protocol as being too exclusive, hurtful and/or offensive for some, I’m not surprised at the governor’s direction. There have been and will continue to be many similar interpretations and directions from all levels of state and local government.