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Why Were Flags at Half Staff Yesterday?

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One Patch reader wanted to know why flags around Wilmington were at half staff on Tuesday, and Town Manager Michael Caira provided the answer.

"Flags were flown at half staff yesterday at the request of the Governor in honor of a police officer from Westfield who was killed in the line of duty while working a detail at a construction site," said Caira. "The Governor's request pertained to municipal and state buildings."

A funeral was held on Tuesday for Westfield Police Patrolman Jose Torres who was struck by a dump truck while directing traffic.

The reader also wondered if he should lower his flag to half staff as well.

"There is certainly no problem with a resident lowering his flag for this purpose but there is no requirement to do so," said Caira. "The flags were lowered for yesterday only. Today they are at full staff."

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Kathy August 02, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Nothing else better to do then drive around town and check out the flags then complian about them.. must be nice!
Joe m August 02, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Do me a favor. Keep your eyes on the road!
Paul August 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Wow the Vets that protected your freedom must be real proud of you two.
Joe m August 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Easier for me to honor vets while im alive and not lying in the road half dead from someone who decides to admire the scenery.
Kathy August 03, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Really Paul, My grandfather served in the Navy during WWII, My father served in the Airforce 1963-1972 and My Uncle served in the Airforce from 1984-2008 to protect YOUR freedom, I agree with Joe 100% keep your eyes on the road and I would rather be alive to Honor our vets then half dead on the side of the road.. I suppose you text/ talk on your cell phone while driving also wouldn't surprise me! Why would you even question the flags being at half staff that was my point of stating what I did.

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