I've been thinking about this for a while, and I thought I would ask all of you for your opinions. When I look up to see the America flag, I feel lifted up. I look up to the American flag, because it represents all the ideals, hopes, and promises of our nation. I cannot bear to look at it when it is at half mast, because it seems to me that those ideals are being lowered. I researched the origin of this tradition, and found that the flag was lowered to make room for the 'invisible flag of death', which must fly above. Frankly, I do not believe that this is in keeping with the idea of sacrifice. When a soldier dies, he is sacrificing his life to keep the ideals of our nation above those of death and destruction. How does it make sense to honor that sacrifice by symbolically lowering the ideals of the USA beneath those of death? After researching this, I did not find a large debate about this topic, which makes me think I may be in the extreme minority. If so, I would hope that someone would explain to me why I am seeing this wrong. But as it is, if I join the army and am killed in action, I would hope that no flags would be lowered because of it.