Why are flags lowered today? October 15, 2017

In honor of 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, US Army Air Force

From the office of Governor Charlie Baker:

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 from sunrise until sunset effective Sunday, October 15, 2017, the day of interment, in honor of Second Lieutenant Richard M. Horwitz, U.S. Army/Airforce 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group.  Lieutenant Horwitz, a native of Canton, Massachusetts, went missing on 28 February 1945 in the Gulf of Trieste, Gorizia Province, Friuli-Venezia Region, Italy.  His remains have been identified and are returning home to be laid to rest.


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

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