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Pennimpede: Danvers Square Flag Wasn't Lowered for Aurora Victims

President Obama issued an order that flags be lowered for the victims of the acts of violence that occurred in Aurora, Colo. on July 20.

Former Danvers selectman Joseph Pennimpede was concerned that the flag in Danvers Square was not lowered for the Aurora, Colo. shooting victims last month. He brought his concerns to the Board of Selectmen at last week's meeting.  

"Due to an apparent misinterpretation of the President's Order, the Flag was not lowered in Danvers Square," Pennimpede said to the board. "It is unfortunate that it ocurred, and hopefully steps will be taken to correct it from happening again in the future."

Pennimpede's comments were made before that killed six people.

Pennimpede said he would appreciate it if the selectmen look into this issue, and "hopefully an apology will be forthcoming, to all citizens of Danvers, by the highest management level, that this request was denied." 

Town Manager Wayne Marquis said the town did follow the president's order, by lowering the flag at the seat of Danvers government, , as well as putting a sign in the entrance to the building, stating the flag was at half-staff for the Aurora victims. 

"We receive notices on a regular basis," Marquis said. "The governor sends a notice out asking that flags be placed at half-staff at the city or town hall. The president's order, as I read it, was at the seat of town government."

Marquis said there are roughly 17-20 municipal locations with American flags, including parks, town buildings and the veterans memorial flag in Danvers Square. 

"We take the respect and display of the American flag very seriously" Marquis said, noting the drop box for retired flags at Town Hall, and the Boy Scout ceremony for proper retiring. 

The discussion will continue at the Sept. 4 Board of Selectmen meeting. 

dawn August 07, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Doesn't mean that you can't do it now! Danvers can still show their sympathy...just sayin.
Helen Gray August 07, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Not Surprised that Marquis never admits he goofed. The Taxpayers of Danvers pay for the personal that raises and lowers the flags in these various public places. I do not think Mr. Marquis denies he has this jurisdiction of telling his employees to lower the flags out of respect and by order of the President. I ask why is the flag lowered in the center of town for citizens who we honor in Danvers. Marquis excuse is just plain lame. JUST ADMIT YOU GOOFED AND GET OVER IT. YOUR NOT A GOD OR A KING JUST A MARQUIS!!!!
helen burns August 08, 2012 at 12:54 PM
SUGGESTION: Take your own advice - get over it. The Town Manager's response covered it.
Tom King August 09, 2012 at 12:58 PM
by this standard ourFlag should be at permanent 1/2 mast for the men and women dying and dead in our continuous wars untill they are all brought home and returmned to civilian life or laid to rest

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