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Lower Flags Today For Memorial Day

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.

“On Memorial Day, we honor the bravery and courage of the members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to our country.  They have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our Constitution and the values we hold dear, and we honor their legacy,” said Gov Malloy, who also issued a proclamation to commemorate the day.  “We especially pay tribute to the families of those who have lost loved ones in service.  We are forever grateful and we will never forget what they have given for our nation.”
 
Lt Governor Nancy Wyman also released a statement, saying “Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the generations of men and women who fought and died defending this great nation — we are so grateful for their bravery and commitment.  It is incumbent upon all of us to carry on their service and duty in our daily lives — to treasure our freedoms, engage in our communities, and support our military and their families.  We hold in our thoughts and prayers the troops who are deployed, and the families who give them the strength to do what they do.”
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