Half-Staff Alert for August 28, 2017 until Interment
For Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered U.S. and Rhode Island flags to be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and buildings in honor of North Smithfield native Spc. Matthew Turcotte. The flags will be lowered beginning Monday, August 28 and return to full staff at sunrise on the day of interment.

"Matthew Turcotte was a dedicated soldier who gave his life in service of our nation. Rhode Islanders honor his sacrifice and incredible patriotism," said Governor Raimondo. "We send our prayers and condolences to his family during this difficult time."

Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a mark of respect.

**When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

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