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?
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?
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.