Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A fitting tribute indeed

W.D. Cowls Building Supply

My Facebook and corporeal buddy Cinda Jones emailed yesterday to inquire if anyone would take offense if she lowered the huge flag in front of the business her dad built with the blood of his bare hands, to a position of mourning.

"No, lower away," I instantly replied. Because there's a b-i-g difference between, say, Amherst College lowering their majestic flag on the hill for former employees who pass away and a dutiful daughter doing so over the sudden passing of a beloved father, friend, mentor and by all accounts icon in our town's rarest of breeds: entrepreneur.

If America was built on anything, it was family values. So when a family's respect for their father bends the unenforceable rules of flag protocol, safe bet the Founding Fathers would have no complaints.

Paul Jones obit


Anonymous said...

Condolences to all the Jones, Cowls, Como family. So sorry for your and all our loss.

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace. I'm sorry for the family's loss.

Anonymous said...

Why is there a difference if Amherst College does it? They are a private institution, they can lower the flag for anyone they want. It's called freedom.