January 31, 2014 7:33 PM
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I am certain that the order by Mayor Bill Peduto to fly the flag at half-staff on city buildings in honor of the death of Canine Officer Rocco is well intentioned, but unfortunately mayors do not have the authority to do so in regard to the U.S. flag. Remember when Mayor Tom Murphy ordered all flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of a plane crash? Here again, a well-intentioned gesture, but one for which no authority exists.
The National Flag Foundation points out these “good-faith misunderstandings” not to criticize or embarrass anyone, but rather to head off a growing trivialization of this memorial salute and to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff.
I’m sure there are other ways to honor this fallen hero.
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