MSM, getting it wrong, again.
In regard to the flag flap, those that know something of what it means to be a soldier, know, understand and applaud that the flag MUST fly, even in the face of death.
To lower the flag during the course of battle (and we remain "in the course of battle", in Afghanistan), is to surrender. Soldiers fight so that the sovereign banner of the nation, and its principles, may be held strong and high for all to see. This is one of the oldest traditions in a military history. Soldiers expect nothing less that the banner under and for which they fought and died to remain held high, regardless how grave the effort, how horrific the losses. A nation which lowers its flag in the face of battle signifies its surrender.
This is part of the purpose of Remembrance Day, so that a nation may in concert, and with pride, and humility, and in defiance of its enemies, dip its ensign not in surrender, but in salute to those who gave it life.
But those who from personal grief or simple lack of understanding would lower the flag, simply do not comprehend the commitment the soldier has made: to offer his life so that the flag of the nation would NOT come down.
The flag on the Peace Tower must only be dipped for matters of state. The soldier's vow, in life, and in death, is to keep it flying high. By breaking the faith, the previous government signaled its contempt for the sacrifice. It was to time to set it right.
God rest them all.