Flags To Fly At Half-Staff To Honor Sen. McCain

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Two days after U.S. Senator John McCain’s death, the position of American flags, either half- or full-staff, is getting a lot of attention. 

The flag at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Sioux Falls was lowered as of Monday afternoon, but it has been a day of confusion across the country.

Senate leaders of both parties came together Monday morning to request all flags at government buildings remain at half-staff. 

But it was a different story at the White House. The flag flew at half-staff over the weekend but was raised Monday morning and then lowered again amid criticism.

By Monday afternoon, we hadn’t heard any direction from the state of South Dakota. Less than an hour after reaching out to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office, he put out a statement requesting flags to be at half-staff this coming Saturday and Sunday. 

Then when the White House reversed its decision, Governor Daugaard sent a correction that flags should now be lowered this entire week. The governor declined our request for an interview. 

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