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Posted on: October 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Why are the Flags at half mast?

Flag on the Common at half mast

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker 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 Thursday, October 28, 2021, the day of interment, in honor of United States Army Sergeant Major Jose Ayala, of Lawrence, MA, who passed away on July 8, 2021.

Sergeant Major Ayala will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia on this date.

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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