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Governor Walker Correct About Flag Order For Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

I never have a problem defending someone when they are correct.  Even Governor Scott Walker.

This is one of those times, therefore, when I need to state Governor Walker is correct, and others are not when it comes to the matter of how the flag should be positioned on Memorial Day.

Some people, including Jim Gausmann, the veterans service officer for La Crosse County made a public statement criticizing Governor Walker about his order to lower the flag only half mast until noon on Memorial Day.

Gausmann who stated he has held his position since 1994 was so upset he wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper.  Problem is that Gausmann is wrong, and wanted to make a political point at the expense of Walker.

Ever since taking office, Gov. Scott Walker has toyed with flag lowering protocol: lowering flags for a week for a slain police officer; lowering flags for a week for Police Officer Memorial Day; and now, he has ordered flags lowered for Memorial Day for a half day only, from sunrise until noon.

I understand Walker never served in the military, but what have wartime military veterans ever done to him to cause him to disrespect one of our most important national holidays?

I have never served in the military either, but do  know one of those pieces of trivia that only seems useful at times like this.

The reason we have lowered flags until noon, and then full mast until sundown is that we honor the war dead for the morning, and living veterans for the remainder of the day.

Everything need not become a political back-and-forth, and as such the flag issue that has generated some chatter this weekend around Wisconsin should make us all pause.

Lets get our facts straight and concentrate on the big issues facing our state.

One Comment
  1. US MARINE permalink
    May 31, 2011 7:11 AM

    Every once in a while you really write a great peice.

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