Yesterday, while watching the Senate side of the Capitol steps fill with staffers, congressmen, and senators, to bid a farewell to Senator Kennedy, I watched a rather quiet exchange. Some woman near the top left hand side of the stairs held a rather large flag. Green/White/Orange
I immediately recognized it as the Irish Flag. Holding an Irish flag seemed an appropriate thing to do considering it was a Kennedy send off–recognition of one’s roots is not a bad thing. Before I realized what was happening, some other woman, quietly went over, said something to the woman, and the flag was lowered from the view of cameras. I assumed that there was some protcol that prevented the flags of other nations from being flown on the steps on the Capitol.
Does anyone know anything about this type of protocol? I was unable to find it. It seemed like an odd thing to get corrected over, given the circumstances. It was handled quietly and discretely. I am just very curioius. Was it appropriate to unfurl an Irish Flag at the Capitol during that brief Kennedy ceremony?