Big Y flag today
The flags originally came down to half staff for a damn good reason, honoring Marine Captain Richard W. Vincent on the day he was buried in his home city of Westfield after laying hidden where he fell on the island of Tarawa over 70 years ago.
Post Office on University Drive (next door to Big Y) today
So I feel a little guilty pointing this out, but the Governor's half staff order was only supposed to be from "sunrise to sunset Thursday, July 2."
Post Office town center today
Having the flags down at half staff on July 4th (which of course all of these were) kind of sends the wrong message. Like flying the flag upside down.
And the longer you fly them at that somber position of mourning, the more average people will start to tune out the real meaning. That too is sad.
UMass Amherst, the flagship of higher education
Update: One of my more sagacious readers pointed out the flags are down for State Senator Thomas Kennedy, ordered so back on June 29 by the Governor "until interment," which apparently is tomorrow.
Of course now I wonder how the Governor ordered the flags down to half-staff on July 2 for Captain Vincent when they were in fact already down for State Senator Kennedy.