I am not a fan of Chuck Brown’s go-go music myself, but I am perplexed at Patrick Mazzeo’s reasoning as to who should be honored by lowering the flag to half staff in the District [letters, June 4]. Firefighters and soldiers save lives, but musicians, and for that matter, designers, architects, writers dancers and actors, to name a few, make life worth living. Anyone who brings joy and beauty into our lives is a hero and should be honored as such.

Anne Ament, Silver Spring