In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered today. Per a proclamation from President Barack Obama, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon today.
Following tradition, President Obama and Governor Dannel P. Malloy have both issued proclamations to honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.
The President's proclamation was released on Friday, May 23. It began by reflecting on "the story of men and women who loved our country so deeply they were willing to give their all to keep it safe and free. When a revolution needed to be won and our Union needed to be preserved, brave patriots stepped forward. When our harbor was bombed and our country was attacked on a clear September morning, courageous warriors raised their hands and said, 'send me.' On the last Monday of each May, our Nation comes together to honor the selfless heroes who have defended the land we love and in so doing gave their last full measure of devotion."
The President has called for Monday, May 26, to be "a day of prayer for permanent peace," and "the hour beginning in each locailty at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer."
Newtown VFW Post 308 will have its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 o'clock. The public is invited to join post members for the brief ceremony, to take place at 18 Tinkerfield Road.
President Obama's proclamation asks that all "Governors of the United States and Puerto Rico, officials of territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period."
Gov Malloy has followed suit, announcing on Monday that he is directing US and state flags to fly half-staff on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observation of Memorial Day. In accordance with the US flag code, a press release from the governor's office stated, flags should remain lowered on that day from sunrise until noon.