June 14, 2016
It struck me today, Flag Day, how sad I am that it was necessary for flags to have been ordered to fly at half-mast “out of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated in Orlando, Florida, on June 12th, 2016,” as quoted on KRTV.com (Vigil) from Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
Not sad for the order to be given (that is respectful), but how very sad that so many have died and how tragic that an act of hate by one causes so much pain for so many. Not really sad that it happens over Flag Day, but deeply sad that our nation and people must once again grieve due to such a senseless act. And sad that my words seem totally inadequate in communicating all the emotion surrounding the events of this week - the shooting, the death, the injury, the questions, the ignorant responses, etc.
Yet, at the same time, the flag flying at half-mast helped visualize for me feelings that I cannot seem to fully express, and certainly cannot understand.