Bill would fly flags at SC Capitol at half-staff longer
Flags fly above the rotunda of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -
A bill meant to extend South Carolina's public recognition of fallen military service members is going to the Senate floor.
When a South Carolina resident dies in combat, state law requires flags flown atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff on the day of the funeral.
The bill advanced Tuesday by Senate Finance would lengthen that time. Flags would be lowered the day those deaths are announced and not returned to full staff until two days after the residents' funerals.
Advocates in the audience included family members of 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl of Lexington and Spc. John Meador II of Columbia. They were among three National Guard soldiers killed in Afghanistan last June when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber.
Senators recognized their families during the meeting.
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