Lowering of US Flag
The New Iraq Flag Hoisting
US Army troops of the 1st Cavalry division's 2nd Battalion salute as the Stars and Stripes flag is lowered to half-mast, during a dawn ceremony in which the Iraqi flag was raised for the first time at a base in south eastern Baghdad on June 29, 2004. The battalion shares the base with Iraq's National Guard. The United States handed over sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on Monday, two days before the schedule, in a surprising move probably aimed at thwarting any terrorist attempts.