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November 21, 2017

Blue Lights and Flags Down to Honor Dallas Officers


OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today ordered the lights on the state Capitol dome and at the gates of the Governor’s Mansion be turned to blue to honor police officers after five Dallas police officers were killed and seven others were wounded in a sniper attack Thursday night.

The lights on the Capitol dome will remain blue through early Wednesday. The governor also today signed an executive order directing all flags on state property to be flown at half-staff until Wednesday morning in honor of the police officers killed and wounded Thursdaynight. The orders will apply for five days, one for each of the five officers killed in Dallas.

The orders were announced through a news release from the Governor’s office.

One Response “Blue Lights and Flags Down to Honor Dallas Officers”

  1. Wolf
    July 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

    FLYING THE FLAG AT HALF-STAFF: The pertinent section of the Flag Code says, “by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possesion, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.

    In the event of the death a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that state, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.” The code also includes other related details including the specific length of time during which the flag should be displayed at half-staff, in the event of the death of a “principal figure”(e.g., 30 days for the death of a sitting or former President, 10 days for the death of a sitting Vice-President,etc.).

    GOOD-FAITH MISUNDERSTANDINGS: Although the code is actually pretty clear, confusion continues to occur. For example, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno recently ordered the American Flag flown at half-staff on all U.S. Department of Justice buildings, in honor of several DEA agents who had died. While NFF understands this gesture, the Flag Code does not give Attorney General Reno the authority to issue that order. Closer to NFF’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, 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. NFF 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. To any readers who may think that NFF is insensitive for raising these breaches of etiquette, please be assured that our motives are pure. We grieve these human loses deeply; however, we believe proper respect for our flag must be maintained – no matter the circumstances.

    We owe that respect to our living, our dead and our flag.

    The governor does not have the power to issue an order to lower the flag to half ataff.

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