Why flags are at half staff today – Saturday, December 11

Here’s one that hits close to home. Flags in Southborough and across the state will fly at half staff today in honor of First Lieutenant Scott Milley, a Sudbury native, who was killed in Afghanistan on November 30. Milley’s unit was attacked by insurgents while they were on foot patrol.

A 2005 graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Milley was 23 years old. He had been in Afghanistan for less than one month.

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Pat Q
13 years ago

I just happened to be at my daughter’s pediatricians office on Tuesday late morning which was the day the family transported their sons body from Hanscom base all the way home to Sudbury.

The streets were lined for miles (10 miles according to Boston Globe) with people of all ages holding flags. The entire doctors office excused themselves in order to go out and pay their respects as the procession went by. I thought we would stay in the office and wait (not sure how my daugher would react) but my 11 year old daugher thought it would be a nice thing to do to go out and join everyone. It was quite emotional and powerful to see the outpouring of compassion and love of so many complete strangers. Although there were police and military escorts, helicopters overhead and the streets were crowded on both sides, it was so quite and strangely peaceful. Quite a moment for my daughter to witness. Although you really don’t go to “see” anything the feeling you experience is so strong. Such a sad day. No words could ever eally describe the sadness. I’ll never forget it.

Pat Q
13 years ago
Reply to  Pat Q

sorry, I meant we were there on Thursday. My daugher has been home sick all week so the days tend to run into each other!

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