Paying respect...
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Are our city leaders too busy with art shows, bicycles and marathons to put the U.S.A. flag at half-staff on Memorial Day? I drove past City Hall Monday and noticed the flag at the top of the flagpole. The flag at the courthouse was at half-staff. I called this good friend that works for the city and got her to get the flag lowered to half-staff.

If you are going to fly the flag there are certain rules and regulations you need to follow. There are just four days a year that you are supposed to fly the flag at half-staff. May 15 is one of these days – Peace Officer Memorial Day. I told Mayor Dave Sakrison a year ago about this. The city flag wasn’t lowered that day. Memorial Day is the day we honor our service men and women, dead and alive. Our people over in Iraq and Afghanistan don’t get to put down their guns and rest this day.

I served in the Forgotten War so we feel good to be remembered. I don’t think it is asking too much to spend five minutes to lower the flag. I want to commend the V.F.W. and American Legion for the good job they did at both cemeteries putting a cross for each deceased vet with their name on it.

—Neal Swisher

Moab

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