Governor issues half staff order for Friday

City and town flags to remain at half staff in honor of Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos

Governor Deval Patrick has issued an order that both the United States flag and the flag of the Commonwealth are to remain at half staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, July 31, in honor of Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos.

Corporal Xiarhos was killed in Afghanistan last week in the line of duty.  His funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Centerville.

The order pertains to all city and town flags including those at:

  • The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth such as town or city halls
  • State-owned or controlled buildings
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