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Posted on: April 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Why are the Flags at half mast?

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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 at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, April 9, 2022, the date of interment, in honor of SSG Charles McMackin, United States Army Air Forces,  World War II Army Air Forces, 68th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force, (KIA 08-01-1943) formerly of Revere, Massachusetts.  Remains of SSG McMackin, who was killed when the aircraft on which he was serving as a bombardier crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania, will be laid to rest at the Holyhood Cemetery, Chestnut Hill, MA 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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