Why flags are at half staff: March 2, 2018

by beth on March 2, 2018

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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in the honor of two men who passed away on February 21, 2018: US Army Staff Sergeant Stephen A. Sprague and Reverend Billy Graham.

In Massachusetts, Governor Baker issued the half staff order for Sergeant Sprague of South Yarmouth . You can read his obituary here.

A Presidential Proclamation ordered the lowering of flags across the nation in honor of Reverend Graham:

As a mark of respect for the memory of Reverend Billy Graham, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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