Sunday, April 6, 2008

Flag panel gets it wrong

When the nation has decided on a national day of remembrance and marks it by lowering the flag to half-mast on Parliament Hill's Peace Tower, that recognition should not lightly be taken away.

But that is exactly what an expert panel – made up of past and current chief government heralds, historians and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion – has advised the federal government in a report that recommends new restrictions on when the flag may be lowered.

According to the panel, the flag should no longer be lowered on four "special days:" the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Dec. 6 (the anniversary of the Montreal massacre); Workers' Mourning Day on April 28; Police and Peace Officers National Memorial Day on the last Sunday in September; and Vimy Ridge Day on April 9.

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