Our flags were at half-staff yesterday in honor of United States Representative Donald McEachin of Virginia, who passed away on Monday, Nov. 28.
In accordance with the United States Flag Code 4 USC 7 (m), Governor Charlie Baker ordered that the American and Commonwealth of Massachusetts flags be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
This order applied to state-owned and military facilities and the main or administration buildings of each public institution of the Commonwealth, including Tewksbury’s town hall.
The decision to fly flags at half-staff comes from the Governor. The Bureau of the State House notifies other state-managed facilities in Massachusetts of this decision. This notification is by way of email.
Flags are always at half-staff on May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day, Memorial Day, Sept. 11, Sunday of the week in which Oct. 9 falls for Fire Prevention Week and Dec. 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Note that only the President or a state Governor may order a flag to fly at half-staff. The town may not lower the flag on its own.
If you often wonder why flags are at half-staff, you can be added to the Mass. email notification list by sending a blank email to:
Thanks Jim Harmon for the question and Select Board member Jayne Wellman for the answer. Got a question the Carnation can help answer? Shoot it along to TewksburyCarnation@gmail.com