Kentucky American Legion lowers flags in honor of President George H.W. Bush

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Flags across America are standing at half-staff in honor of former President George Herbert Walker Bush who died Friday.

Photo: Michael Holzworth

Our sister station WKYT reports, the members of the American Legion Post 34 take care of the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg, which is made up of 119 flags.

Before each flag is lowered, Kip Halvorson who is the Commander of Post 34 salutes each one.

"Those flags represent a Kentucky veteran that has lost their lives for all services," Holvorson said.

Historians say the act of lowering flags to half-staff goes back to the Middle Ages and in 1954 President Eisenhower made it official policy.

Governor Matt Bevin has ordered state flags lowered and President Donald Trump did the same for federal buildings. Those orders will have the flags remain at half-staff until sunset on December 13.