Why Are Flags Lowered Today? 08/31/18

In honor of Chief Warrant Officer 3, Scott R. Landis, MAARNG

Massachusetts Governor Charles D. 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 on Friday, August 31, 2018, the day of interment, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 3, Scott R. Landis, MAARNG of Hanson, Massachusetts, who passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018.

Last Friday, Scott Landis, a National Guardsman from Hanson, was piloting a single-engine plane, ready to sprinkle his father’s ashes with his brother, when the plane’s engine lost power on takeoff and crashed into a pond, killing him and severely injuring his brother.

The 34-year-old soldier and his 29-year-old brother wanted to scatter their father's ashes after he died from cancer on Aug. 14.

Landis joined the Army in 2001 as an aviation operation specialist and served three active-duty combat tours, according to his obituary. He started flying when he was 16 and later became a Black Hawk pilot and instructor in the Army.

Landis, a chief warrant officer, was stationed in Kosovo but was on emergency leave when his father died.

This gubernatorial order apply 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.

This order shall be observed concurrent with the existing Commonwealth of Massachusetts half-staff order in honor of United States Senator John McCain.

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