OTTAWA–An expert panel has advised cabinet to oppose a move to lower the Canadian flag on the Peace Tower whenever a soldier dies in Afghanistan because it would debase the honour.
When Canada sends you off to war and if you die, don't worry about debasing our country by having the flag half-masted on your behalf. After all, stodgy protocol trumps everything - even your life in service to your country.
tr.v. de·based, de·bas·ing, de·bas·es
To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade. See Synonyms at adulterate, corrupt, degrade.