Why flags will be at half staff: April 6, 2017

Flags in Southborough and across the country are flying at half staff in honor of for former astronaut and Senator John Glenn until sunset today, April 6, 2017.

The honor is concurrent with the lowering of flags earlier this week for Massachusetts State Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly and which won’t be raised until sunset on the date of his interment. (His funeral service takes place on Saturday.)

Glenn passed away in December, but today is the date of his funeral. (Read more on that here.)

Below is the Presidential Proclamation for John Glenn: 


As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, 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 fifth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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