The country mourns for all the victims, families and friends of the recent senseless tragedy at Virginia Tech. In his proclamation Tuesday morning, President Bush ordered that the flag be flown at half staff until sunset on April 22 "as a mark of respect."
I would ask that the flag continue to be flown at half staff beyond April 22, as a "mark of respect" to all the victims in this senseless war, the innocent soldiers and civilians, both American and Iraqi, who have given their lives for the past four years.
Why shouldn't it fly at half staff until the end of this war? I know when I see a flag at half staff I will be reminded of the tragedy at Virginia Tech and the daily tragedies in Iraq.
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