In a rare editorial piece from an active duty soldier, comes this request for us to allow flags to be flown at half-staff at military bases for fallen soldiers.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A U.S. Army sergeant complained in a rare opinion article that the U.S. flag flew at half-staff last week at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan for those killed at Virginia Tech, but the same honor is not given to fallen U.S. troops here and in Iraq.
Wilt suggested that flags should fly at half-staff on the base where the fallen service member was working and in the states where they hail from. He said some states do this, but not all of them.
"If the flags on our (operating bases) were lowered for just one day after the death of a service member, it would show the people who knew the person that society cared, the American people care."
Read the entire article: http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,133379,00.html?ESRC=eb.nl
Fortunately, our Governor does order our flags flown at half-staff for Oregon soldiers who have fallen.