Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A proposed bill would change the way our state honors those who have lost their lives serving our country.
The bill would trigger an automatic lowering of flags at the capitol building to half staff as soon as the name of a South Carolinian killed in the line of duty is released to the public.
"We've had several constituents in my district that have been, certainly passed in the line of duty, and that certainly has brought it to the forefront. Had some that expressed interest in that and we certainly wanted to make that happen for them," said Lexington Representative Chip Huggins, a sponsor of the bill.
The bill would also keep those flags lowered until dawn on the second day following funeral services for that service member.
Huggins says it is about honoring and respecting those who give their lives in service.