Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall standThe flag needs to never be lowered to "honor" victims of a war declaration. If anything, it should be raised higher. Because lowering it? Yeah, I can see that in honor of something like Sandy Hook, or Columbine, where lone crazy attacks the completely innocent.
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
When it's brought to half-staff in "honor" of the victims of enemy action during time of war...that stinks of surrender.
And that...that can fuck off.