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Why Is Danvers Square's Flag At Half-Staff?

Find out in this week's You Ask, Patch Answers.

This morning while driving through town, we noticed the flag in Danvers Square was lowered to half-staff. Almost as soon as we noticed, an inquiry came in from a resident wondering who the town was honoring with the flag at half-staff.

So, we did some investigation, and found out for this week's .

According to the town's Veteran's Affair Manager Peter Mirandi, it is an internal protocol in Danvers to lower the flag to half-staff for any Danvers veteran who passes away.

On the day of his/her burial, the will lower than flag.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the flag was lowered for both:

  • Francis Denehey, a US Navy Veteran
  • Donald O’Leary, a WWII Navy Veteran

And again on Monday Jan. 30 for the funeral of:

  • Albert Arsenault, a US Army Veteran

Mirandi said, however, when the governor requests flags to be lowered to half-staff across the state, the flag at the main municipal building (in our case, ) is lowered, not the one in the Square.

Have a question about something random in town? Email molly.buccini@patch.com.

alysse donahue January 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Thank you. My daughter had the same question. Thank you to the Veterans may God Bless them.
priscilla herrick` January 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
My husband Frank, a US Navy Veteran passed away on 8/28/11. On the day of his Memorial Service I drove downtown with my family to see the flag as it flew at half staff in his memory. After the service many of those attending went down to see it and honor him for his service. We were all very touched by this gesture of acknowledgment extended by the town for those who have selflessly served their country. Each time I see the flag at half staff I extend a thought of gratitude to whoever is being honored at that time.
Pat January 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
P. Michael Carney, a Veteran of the Navy, passed on Jan 27th.

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