Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 7, in recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day, an annual observance honoring the sacrifices of fallen firefighters throughout the country.
Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags — including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise — should also be lowered during this same duration of time.
Governor Malloy said, “The men and women who have joined fire departments throughout each of our communities put their lives on the line in their efforts to make our homes and our neighborhoods safe, and we thank each and every one of them for what they do in the name of public service. There are more than 26,000 firefighters in Connecticut — many of whom are career firefighters and many of whom volunteer — and they routinely perform life-saving missions that all too often require them to put their own safety in jeopardy. We pay tribute to the heroes who have given their lives protecting others – they embody the honor and integrity of their profession and we will never forget their service.”
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, “Connecticut is grateful for the courage and bravery embodied by our firefighters every day. While others may run away from danger, these brave men and women put their lives on the line to run toward it. So many have made the ultimate sacrifice, and today we reflect on the fallen and continue to pray for their families, friends, and those they left behind. They are true heroes, and we will never forget their sacrifice or the sacrifices of their families.”