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Posted on: October 24, 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 at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the date of interment, in honor of First Lieutenant Alfred Pezzella, U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), who served with the 328th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 93d Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force (KIA Romania, 1 August 1943), of Natick, Massachusetts. Remains of 1LT Pezzella, who was killed during the Operation TIDAL WAVE, Bucharest, Romania, 1943, will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, in Bourne, Massachusetts on this day.

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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