Red/white/blue flag instead of just baby blue
For the first time in town history -- a whopping 43 years anyway -- the flagpole immediately in front of Town Hall flew a lone flag other than the United Nations flag, for which it was erected back in 1973.
A good cause of course: the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 13th Amendment to end the pernicious practice of slavery.
Besides being a good reminder that our sacred constitution can be amended, it is also fitting we pause to remember that slavery was once the routine here in our land of the free.
The flag that flew alone on the pole for barely 24 hours was an American flag but a reproduction of a vintage 1865 U.S. flag with only 36 stars.
The Select Board somewhat routinely allow various flags to fly -- Rainbow Flag, Puerto Rico, Black Liberation Flag, Children's memorial flag against child abuse, etc -- but always with the UN flag above them.
US flag protocol however clearly states the American flag never flies below that of any other entity. Unless of course it's an act of God.
UN Flag flies above Black Liberation flag, February this year