WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Residents Push For D.C. Flags At Military Ceremonies

Mr. T in D.C.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/1782961516/

D.C. residents are asking U.S. senators to support a provision allowing the District's flag to be flown at military ceremonies honoring D.C. service members. 

When District resident Tomi Rucker attended her son's graduation from basic training in the U.S. Navy, she was touched watching families cheer as each graduate's home state flag dipped in their honor. She was astonished by what followed. 

"So I'm waiting for my moment and it never comes. And then I find out at the end of graduation that recruits from Washington, D.C. are not recognized, because they re from D.C. So a D.C. flag is not flown in recognition of their service," she says.

The Defense Authorization bill could change that. It's passed both chambers of Congress but only the House version would let D.C. and territorial flags fly at military ceremonies. Retired Army Col. Herb Tillery says the current policy is a slap in the face to D.C. veterans. 

"It s a personal affront. It s just a personal affront," Tillery says.

The group of unofficial lobbyists plan to keep pressing the issue with senators in the coming days. Even if senators refuse to change the policy, they say there's still hope because President Obama can change the practice with an executive order.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.

As Democrats Eye Senate Control, GOP Likely To Hold Slim House Majority

Democrats need a wave election to win the 30 seats they need to flip the House. But even with Hillary Clinton gaining in polls, Republicans are likely to hold onto their House majority, albeit a slimmer one.

Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.