As you know the flags will be lowered in NJ today for actor and NJ native James Gandolfini. While we have the utmost respect for the actor and his passing was a tragedy, should the flags be lowered for any celebrity?

A National Park Service employee lowers flags to half-staff after President Barack Obama ordered the action while speaking on the CT shootings. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

When flag lowering was first created, it was done to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The honor was supposed to go to military, police, firemen and the like. The original idea of doing this was to honor our heroes. Now, the new norm seems to be lowering the flags for celebrities as well.

A couple of callers made some good points when Jim was discussing the topic of lowering the flags on air. One caller, who was against lowering the flags for anyone but our military, said that if we want to honor celebrities, let them do it on the celebrity walk of fame in Hollywood. Another caller made the point that if the celebrity is a noted NJ native, no matter who it is, lower the state flag but not the national flag.

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