Flags at half-staff for 30 days to honor late President Bush

Hampden County

American flags across the country are flying at half-staff in honor of the late President George Herbert Walker Bush.

The regulations governing the display of the American flag were finalized on December 22, 1942. Since then the passing of a President requires the country to fly the flag at half staff for 30 days.

Veterans organizations in western Massachusetts are among the strongest keepers of the National Flag Code procedures.

Chicopee’s American Legion Post 275 Commander Louis Breault considers George H.W. Bush one of his greatest heroes.

“He was a World War II veteran,” Breault said. “He was actually shot down and he became a president, and he was a very good president… very humble and had a veteran service background.”

The American Legion publishes a 16-page journal called “Let’s Be Right on Flag Etiquette.” It covers every aspect of showing respect for the flag, and for those being honored by lowering the flag for those deserving of this respect.

“It’s a community through service to their country,” Breault added. “Whether it be political or military and what they’ve through a lifetime, this is a sign of respect.”

And so through the entire month of December, wherever American flags are flown, Americans will show their respect in this time honored fashion honoring the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush.

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