Why are flags lowered today?

Gov. Baker orders flags lowered in honor of fallen Senior Airman
Flags lowered in honor of Senior Airman Deanna Kelsey Richards

Several Cape police departments have posted notices this morning as to why their flags are lowered.  Provincetown Police posted a comprehensive explanation:

Why is our station flag at half-staff?

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in honor of Senior Airman Deanna Kelsey Richards United States Air Force of Framingham, MA, who passed away unexpectedly

This gubernatorial order applies to:

1. The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls
2. Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings
3. All state military installations

Senior Airman Deanna Kelsey Richards died unexpectedly while training with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico.  Here complete obituary is posted below:

Senior Airman Deanna Kelsey Richards, 26, of Ashland, MA died unexpectedly while training with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM.

Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of Robert and Irene (Cheung) Richards. Deanna was a graduate of Ashland High School Class of 2008 and Suffolk University Class of 2012. Upon graduating, she enlisted in the US Air Force achieving the rank of Senior Airman.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Kyle Patrick Richards of Charlotte, NC, and James Alan Richards of Ashland, MA.

Calling hours will be held Saturday Jan. 28th from 9:00am-12:00PM in the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. Ashland, MA. A graveside committal service with full military honors will be held Saturday at 12:30 PM in St. Stephens Cemetery, Fenwick St. Framingham, MA.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to any of the charitable organizations supporting the USSOCOM Warrior Care Program, found here: http://www.socom.mil/ care-coalition/Pages/Community-Outreach.aspx www.mataresefuneral.com

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Jan. 25, 2017

 

 


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