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Flags Lowered To Honor Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg



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Flags are being lowered across the country this weekend to memorialize United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington D.C., according to the AP and multiple other sources. She was 87 years old.

Only the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton. She had served on the nation’s highest court since August 1993.

She died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to a statement by the court.

Friday afternoon, Governor Ned Lamont directed US and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service” of Ginsburg.

“Tonight, the nation mourns the unimaginable loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a fierce and fiery champion for fairness and equality for all,” Lamont said. “Shattering the glass ceiling in the legal world, Justice Ginsburg overcame adversity both in and out of the courtroom – battling gender discrimination at a time when women were rarely serving as lawyers. She also fought cancer with rigor, rarely missing any days in court.

“A giant inspiration and pioneer for women globally, Justice Ginsburg should not just be remembered for what she stood for but what she stood against. Our nation is greater for her tenacity, dissension, and adversity against injustice. As Justice Ginsburg put it best, ‘there will be enough women on the court when there are nine,’” the governor also noted.

President Donald Trump also issued a proclamation, early Saturday morning, directing that flags at the White House and all public buildings and grounds and military facilities be flown at half-staff until the late Justice is interred. The date of interment has not yet been determined.

The president has also directed that flags be flown at half-staff at all US embassies and other facilities abroad. The proclamation calls Ginsburg “a trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country.”

Calling the late Justice “an inspiration to all Americans,” the President noted Ginsburg’s “commitment to the law and her fearlessness in the face of death,” saying those traits “inspired countless ‘RBG’ fans.”

He also called her “A fighter to the end,” noting that the late Justice “defeated cancer and the odds numerous times — all while continuing to serve on the Court.

Ginsburg has long served as “a as a role model to countless women lawyers. Her legacy and contribution to American history will never be forgotten,” Trump also stated in his proclamation.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the US flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

Hook & Ladder firefighters lower the flag on the Main Street flagpole in May 2019 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The nation's flags are being lowered again this weekend, this time to honor United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. —Bee file photo
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