What does it mean when there is black and purple bunting at a firehouse, but the flag is not at half-staff?

My mom and I passed a firehouse today where the American flag was at its regular position, but there was black and purple mourning bunting hung over the doors. I always thought that black and purple bunting at a firehouse meant that a firefighter had died recently, and that it always went along with the flag flying at half-staff. Does anyone know if there is a specific meaning to having the bunting, but not the half-staff flag?

4 Answers

  • julieann_OK
    1 month ago

    I believe you are correct in assuming the bunting is due to a firefighter passing. The flag being lowered has to be a proclamation from the governor of that state or the president of the US. I’m not sure if a mayor can order that or not. But one fire station can’t take it upon themselves.

  • ?
    7 days ago

    The US Flag is only officially lowered to half-staff when the entire Nation is in mourning, by Executive Order of the President. The Town of Municipality’s flag can be lowered for the death of a Fire/Police man/woman. In many cases a locality will indeed lower the American flag to half-staff, since it is such a distinctive and recognized symbol of mourning. BLACK and PURPLE bunting at a Firehouse is a generally a sign that a Fireman/woman died in the line of duty. You will also see their Fire-truck draped the same if it is serving as the “hearse” to transport the casket of the deceased to the cemetery for burial.

    Hope that answers your question?

  • ?
    5 days ago

    Black Bunting

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    It’s fine if some individual wants to fly a confederate flag at his house. Even fine is a private business owner wants to do the same. But to allow a confederate flag to fly at any government office or government entity like a fire or police station is not acceptable.

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