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Posted on: March 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Why are the Flags at Half-Staff?

Flag on the Common at half mast

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset at all state buildings on Tuesday, March 28, 2023,  the day of interment, in honor of United States Navy, Chief Special Warfare Operator Michael T. Ernst, of Cohasset, MA, who passed away on February 19, 2023.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Michael T. Ernst, United States Navy, East Coast Based Naval Special Warfare Command, will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on March 28, 2023.

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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