South Carolina Sheriff refuses to lower flag to half-staff for Mandela’s death

pickens-patch picked up this story from The Greenville News:

The American flag that flies over the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will be raised high over the weekend despite an order by President Barack Obama that flags across the country be lowered to half-staff to honor the death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Sheriff Rick Clark told that he is ordering the flag be raised on Sunday because the honor of lowering flags to half-staff should be reserved for Americans.

“The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Clark said. “We should never stray away from that.”

The flag was half-staff already Friday for an officer who died in the line of duty. It is at half-staff today for Pearl Harbor Day. He said it will be raised again to the top of the flagpole tonight.

A note from the article on the flag code:

On Thursday, Obama ordered that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Monday.

The federal flag code “does not prescribe any penalties for non-compliance nor does it include enforcement provisions” and “functions simply as a guide to be voluntarily followed by civilians and civilian groups,” according to a U.S. congressional memo.

Thanks to Victory Girls for the link.

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