Monday, March 26, 2007

Memorial flags at half-staff for fallen firefighters

The array of flags displayed in the firefighter’s memorial at Memorial Park has been of some concern to me because of the continuous display of the U.S. flag at half-staff. Flying the flag at half-staff continuously is not permitted under United States Code, Part 36, sections 173-178.
- Jim Dykes

ANSWER: The flags at the nonprofit Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial are lowered as a tribute by firefighters when another International Association of Fire Fighters member, from either Canada or the United States, dies, according to Fire Chief Manuel Navarro.

When the local IAFF chapter receives word that a firefighter has died in the line of duty or because of a disease caused by duty work, the flags are lowered until the funeral. Considering that 122 names were added to the memorial in 2006, and that there are several days honoring each person, this could mean the flags are at half-staff much of the time


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