Epigrammatic baseball great Yogi Berra, known as much for his quips as his Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees, was recognized in New Jersey, where Republican Gov. Chris Christie lowered flags for a resident he described as a "national treasure," as well as a World War II veteran. Christie has been notably open to extending flag honors to famous people who aren't public servants, including E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons in 2011 and singer Whitney Houston in 2012. Some critics noted Houston's drug use; Christie said it shouldn't outweigh the New Jersey native's impact on culture.
Former U.S. Sen. and actor Fred Thompson, a Republican whose roles in American public life spanned from real-life Senate counsel at the Watergate hearings to fictional district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order," was honored in his home state of Tennessee. Civil rights leader Julian Bond, who led the NAACP for a decade, was honored in Georgia , where he had been a state representative and state senator.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lowered flags on what the Republican proclaimed Chris Kyle Day , in honor of Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. He was killed at a Texas shooting range in 2013.