Kentucky Governor Changes Flag Policy For Fallen Soldiers

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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  • by Mike Location: Harlan on Jul 24, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    Why lower the flag at all? Aren't there any means to honor fallen hero's other than lowering the flag which to me says we are a lesser nation. Was it half staff at Iowa Jima when are own raised it in battle ground? Or did we say something like,"Hey, let's only raise it half way sense were wounded.
  • by john Location: barbourville on Jul 24, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    are not all soldiers stationed here in ky. part of our state. if i had died while stationed in ga. i would have been shown the respect that a fallen military person should resieve
  • by Martin Location: Letcher on Jul 24, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    What is the problem with our political system? Now all of a sudden it's a problem to fly the flag at certain levels and times? That's a joke. Get off your lazy bottoms and work. Raising our flag a million times a day to honor ALL of our soldiers is not enough thanks for what they are doing for us. If someone in the Governor's family is in Iraq will he disrespect them also? GET A CLUE people, what else stupid are these nuts gonna do??????????????????????? Do something worthwhile with our tax dollars like helping those poor men and women when and if they return home to help them get back to what little bit of a normal life they have left instead of forgetting about them. Stop wasting our MONEY on your trips and live like the rest of us do.
  • by Del Location: Pikeville on Jul 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    Crazy decesion.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jul 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    The flag should stay at half-staff as long as we are at war.
  • by Scout Location: Harlan on Jul 24, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    I think they should adopt a flag code that reflects the beliefs and values of Kentuckians. I think the flag should be lowered to half mast for a period of time each morning and briefly each evening near sunset to honor the current fallen soldiers and those past every day.
  • by Looking to move Location: Southern KY on Jul 24, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    Can we have an "un-election"? I'm thinking of moving to another state where the governor isn't a freak!!! What's next? Is he going to not lower the flag unless the fallen soldier was actually born in KY?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    Okay this man is acting more like a dictator than an elected offical.He cuts funds that is important and waistes money on his wants and now this.I don't think Kentucky can wait for the election to get him out of office.
  • by Former Screaming Eagle on Jul 24, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Next thing you know, the flag will not be lowered at all to respect those who give their lives in the name of freedom. I cannot agree with refusing to lower the flag for Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox soldiers, they are part of the communities of Hopkinsville and Radcliff, and many times, like myself, make their permanant home here when their service is done. These people deserve our respect in life and in death. What does it hurt to lower the flag and as a gesture to those who defend freedom? Why not lower it from the announcement of the service member's death until they are laid to rest? The only reason I can think of is that our politicians (especially our governor) do not respect those who serve. If there is any justice, this move will cost him and the leftist Democrats dearly when elections finally come around.
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Jul 24, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    Disgraceful! This Governor is among the most clueless I have ever had the displeasure of seeing in action. Perhaps he should pause to remember the fact that, for many of our service men and women, their station is officially their residence, no matter where they originally are from. I personally consider ALL of those soldier at the bases in Kentucky to be Kentuckians, and mourn the sacrifice no matter where they may originally be from. SHAME ON YOU, GOV. BESHEAR. This reeks of politics for the sake of convenience. I'm truly ashamed of this Governor.
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