Twenty-eight years ago today I was in the 6th grade and on Safety Patrol duty. I had woken up that morning to the shocking news that John Lennon had been murdered the night before. My Safety Patrol assignment was to raise the flag in front of the school every morning. That morning I only raised the flag to half mast. I didn't ask anyone if it was okay, I just did it. It seemed like the right thing to do, and nobody argued otherwise. I think former Safety Patrol officer (and then still President) Jimmy Carter would have approved.