Re: Half mast today?
North Carolina Governor Perdue has ordered all United States flags and North Carolina State flags at state facilities lowered to half-staff Tuesday, April 19, 2011 until sunset on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in tribute to the victims of the deadly tornados that swept through the state this past Saturday and the countless responders who saved lives and prevented additional injures
This situation raises a curious technicality. The flag code was amended a couple of years ago, as discussed in this earlier thread:
who can order the flag half mast
It now states that state governors can direct that the flag be half-staffed for members of the armed forces who were from that state. It also says that federal installations in the state should follow the direction of the state governor in that case. This particular provision did not apply to Governor Perdue's action, because the victims were not armed forces members. The Governor can still direct the flag to be half-staffed, of course, but (at least as I read it) federal authorites are not required to follow suit in this case.
"We live by symbols, and what shall be symbolized by any image of the sight depends upon the mind of him who sees it."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.