Oakland County Not Lowering Flags

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

One county isn't honoring Gov. Granholm's request to fly flags at half-staff when Michigan soldiers are killed in active duty.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson calls the order political symbolism. The Republican says it undermines the effort in Iraq and promotes opposition to the war.

Granholm's order issued last year says state flags should be lowered from the day the death is known until the soldier is buried.

A spokeswoman says the Democratic governor won't force municipalities to follow it or penalize those who don't. As she puts it, “We're not the flag police.”

The order took effect most recently last month after the death of Army Private Nicholas Blodgett of Wyoming.

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