The post office attendant continuesly knocked on the door looking inside of my glass door numerous times. I felt this was an invasion of privacy. I’m home sick unable to answer my door please ensure that your carrier knows to stare inside a glass front door is an invasion of privacy and standing there after knocking numerous times is offensive. Thank you.
As a military community, we in St. Marys should be very aware of proper protocols for the display of our national colors.
I was very surprised today to see the U.S. Flag at the US Post Office flown at half-staff. There are specific days for the flag to be at half-staff. Veterans Day is not one of them.
Veterans Day is a day of honor and celebration and is specifically a day to fly Old Glory at full display.
According to the protocol site at Gettysburg Flag Works (https://www.gettysburgflag.com/fly-flag-half-mast)
The customary half-staff days are:
• Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15th, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. (sunrise to sunset)
• Memorial Day, last Monday in May (sunrise to noon)
• Patriot Day, September 11th (sunrise to sunset)
• National Firefighters Memorial Day, October (typically a Sunday during Fire Prevention Week, which is around Oct. 9, and along with a memorial service held in Emmitsburg, MD)
• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th (sunrise to sunset)
According to the same site, the full-staff days are:
• President's Day, third Monday in February: a celebration that takes place between Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays. It is not a half-staff day.
• Flag Day, June 14 . It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which was by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
• Veteran's Day (formerly Armistice Day), November 11th: This is a day to honor our nation's veterans. It is not a day of mourning, but a day of celebration and honor. Therefore, it is not a day of half-staff. Citizens are encouraged to fly POW/MIA flags and flags of the military branches on this day to show support to our Veterans.
• National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27 of each year: This day marks the anniversary of the signing of a treaty that ended the Korean War. From 2000 until 2003 (during 50th anniversary years) this was a half-staff day. Each year since the proclamation only acts to "encourage the display of the flag". This is a day for special remembrance of the veterans of the Korean War, and especially the United States and allied combatants who made the ultimate sacrifice in Korea.
National tragedies also can be half-staff days and proclamations may be made to account for the periods of mourning. There are several source sites, http://us.halfstaff.org/ , and https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/proclamations are two. The Gettysburg site, previously mentioned, also had a discussion for those events.
I know it’s too late this year, but next year, let’s be mindful of honoring Veterans by seeing our flag flown at full height. Hope you might pass this information on to your staff to ensure protocols are met.
Thanks for listening.