FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A new policy in Kentucky is changing which fallen soldiers are being honored with the symbolic gesture of
lowering flags to half staff after their deaths.
Kentucky's previous policy was to honor all fallen soldiers who
either resided in Kentucky or were stationed here. Now, the flag will only be lowered to half-staff for a soldier on the day of his or her funeral and only for Kentucky residents.
State officials say the change is intended to highlight the sacrifices made by individual soldiers and prevent lengthy stretches of having flags stationed at half-staff for multiple people.
Some say the new policy alienates soldiers who may be stationed
at Fort Knox or Fort Campbell but have permanent residences elsewhere.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's new policy took effect in mid-June.
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