While on my way to get the paper in downtown Mystic on Friday, Feb. 16, I noticed the U.S. flag and the Connecticut flag were at full staff. According to President Trump and Gov. Malloy, both flags were supposed to be at half staff until Feb. 20. This was due to the deadly tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
On my way home I stopped at the bank and asked the tellers and the supervisor if they could lower the flags to half staff. These people told me that corporate headquarters makes the decisions to lower the flags. They also said that they didn’t have keys to the flagpoles and that someone from corporate headquarters comes to the bank and handles that. When I went down on Saturday, Feb. 17, the U.S. flag was at full staff and the Connecticut flag was at half staff; however, later that night both flags were again at full staff. The overall results were no flags at Citizens Bank were lowered to half staff honoring those victims in the Parkland school. If any of the Citizens Bank relatives were involved in this massacre you can bet those flags would have been at half staff.
At any establishment that has flagpoles, individuals should be designated to check the flags and given keys to fulfill the requirements set forth in ct.gov.
Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag — including state, municipal, corporate or otherwise — they should be lowered during this same duration of time.