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Video: Memorial's Flag Now Permanently Flies Half-Staff, Thanks to New Idaho Law


There will be plenty of flag waving this Independence Day, but particular attention will focus on the flag that flies over the Idaho Roll Call Memorial Monument. That's where the flag will be permanently flown at half-staff.

With the beginning of Idaho's fiscal year on July 1—the date when new state laws traditionally go into effect—officials at the Rupert memorial gathered to first raise the flag to full-staff and then lower it to half-staff. It took the effort of the 2015 Idaho Legislature to pass a new law allowing the privilege.

Previously, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter was only allowed to order Idaho flags flown temporarily at half-staff, usually to honor the passing of a dignitary, veteran or active duty soldier. The Rupert memorial is one of only two sites in the country that have permanent half-staff United States flags, the other being in Comfort, Texas.

The July 1 ceremony included bagpipes, an American Legion rifle squad, the playing of "Taps" and the reading of the proclamation by newly named Department of Insurance Director (and Rupert native) Dean Cameron.