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Flag Lowering Debate

President Obama's decision to have American flags fly at half staff creates some controversy.

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark posted on his Facebook page that only Americans should be honored with flags at half staff. There is no specific law requiring that. The president, governors and other leaders can make the decision on when to lower flags in someone's honor.     

The last time a president ordered flags lowered for a foreign dignitary was when President Bush did it in 2005 for Pope John Paul II. President Obama did not order flags to fly at half staff when former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died earlier this year.


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