Half-Staff Alert for October 15th, 2017
For Massachusetts

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset effective Sunday, October 15, 2017, the day of interment, in honor of Second Lieutenant Richard M. Horwitz, U.S. Army/Airforce 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group. Lieutenant Horwitz, a native of Canton, Massachusetts, went missing on 28 February 1945 in the Gulf of Trieste, Gorizia Province, Friuli-Venezia Region, Italy. His remains have been identified and are returning home to be laid to rest.

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

**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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