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Local Citizens Speaks his Opinion of Lowering Flags to Half Mast

May 22, 2012
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    05/23/12 During the Commissioner’s meeting Monday Al McVey offered his opinion of their lowering of the American Flag to half mast.  McVey explained that he teaches classes of flag etiquette, standards, and regulations to the Boy Scouts.

About three weeks ago the Commissioners lowered the flags at the Court House and County Building to honor former Commissioner Don Ferguson who was killed in an automobile accident.

McVey, upset by their lowering of the flag and contacted Commissioners Kevin Overmyer and Jack Roose without much satisfaction.  He did admit at the meeting Monday that they do have the right to take the flag to half staff but said they needed to meet federal guidelines.

     McVey explained, “Just saying that you are honoring a public servant ‘opens a can of worms’ asking who is a public servant, a teacher, postal worker, secretary who works for the county?”  He said, “You need to define public servant and you need to take a lot of thought and consideration in doing so.”  His suggestion was to create a document with guidelines and a definition spelling out what a public servant is that could be honored with a flag lowering.   He concluded his time with the commissioners by saying, “As an old military person, thank you for allowing me to put my 2 cents in.  If you need any assistance I am willing to help.”

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4 Responses to “ Local Citizens Speaks his Opinion of Lowering Flags to Half Mast ”

  1. CommonCents on May 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    MikeB, I believe sbmear explained his position quite well. He wasn’t questioning whether or not the flag should have been lowered for Don, I believe he was saying that there simply should be guidelines that maybe could have then included someone like his father. To many people in public positions make decisions without understanding that others could be hurt by these decisions and what’s more, they resent the thought that someone would question their decision(s).

  2. sbmear on May 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I knew Don and he was a great guy…my statement above does not mean to disrespect him, it only is asking the city officials to not pick and choose according to who they know personally.

  3. sbmear on May 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    My father was a WWII veteran, and a very distinquished man, he did not receive a flag at half mast. There are other distinquished public servants, that were or are veterans and maybe they all deserve that honour.
    HOWEVER city officials can not pick and choose which of them will receive the honour. It’s either got to be across the board or only those holding office and yes following the rules of etiquette is usually best.

  4. MikeB on May 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Don was a distinguished public servant, and a VETERAN. Lowering flags were appropriate.