Not all government buildings lower flags to half-staff

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Updated Monday, May 30 at 5:39 PM

SEATTLE – Only a few government buildings in Washington state complied Monday morning with a proclamation from President Barack Obama to fly the American Flag at half-staff from sunrise to noon.

Both federal buildings in downtown Seattle had lowered flags. But, at Seattle City Hall and at the King County Administration Building flags flew high.

It struck a nerve with many citizens who attended Memorial Day ceremonies.

"To me, it's disrespectful. I believe they should honor veterans. It's the least they can do," said one veteran.

It's not known if Governor Chris Gregoire or Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn directed that flags be lowered.

A spokesman for King County Executive Dow Constantine apologized, saying it was an administrative oversight.

Government agencies were closed for Memorial Day.

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