Treasury Department Ignoring President’s Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Astronaut Neil Armstrong?
The Treasury building in downtown Washington D.C. typically heeds the order to fly flags at half-staff to honor those who have died. The President recently issued an order to have flags flown at half-staff to honor national treasure and first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Via Troop 903 (please read their writeup on the career of Neil Armstrong):
Flags across the nation are flying at half staff today in memory of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon.
Armstrong died last Saturday at age 82. President Obama issued a proclamation Monday ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and facilities until sunset today, “as a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong” on the day of his interment.
The Treasury Department however, may not have received that notice.
This picture was taken around 1 p.m. ET on Friday, August 31, 2012.
This flag is at the rear of the Treasury Building in downtown Washington, DC. This picture is looking across 15th St. from F St.
This flag has always been half-staffed when other half-staffing orders were issued by the President, but not today.
Is it plausible that this is simple human error? How would those responsible for the caretaking of the flag not have missed such an order?
Somebody has some explaining to do.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, May 11, in honor of two Fort Drum soldiers who died in Logar province, Afghanistan on May 2.
Specialist Junot M. L. Cochilus and 2nd Lieutenant David E. Rylander died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Both soldiers were assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division’s 10th Sustainment Brigade, based at Fort Drum. Specialist Cochilus was from Charlotte, North Carolina, and 2nd Lieutenant Rylander was from Stow, Ohio.
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Specialist Cochilus and 2nd Lieutenant Rylander,” said Governor Cuomo. “We will honor the service of these two Fort Drum soldiers and we will be forever grateful for the sacrifice that they made for our nation. I send my deepest sympathies to their family, friends, and fellow soldiers.”
Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.