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Half-Staff Washington State Flags – Al Rosellini (update)

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

UPDATE: American Flags and Washington State Flags to fly at half-staff through Tuesday, October 18th in memory of former Governor Al Rosellini, who passed away at the age of 101.

Half-Staff Massachusetts Flags – Steven E. Gutowsk

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

American Flags and Massachusetts Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, October 17th in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in honor of Specialist Steven E. Gutowsk.

Half-Staff Michigan Flags – Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

American Flags and Michigan Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, October 14th in the state of Michigan in honor of US Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff.

According to the office of the governor:
Sprovtsoff, 28, of Davison died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28. Sprovtsoff was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a 10-year veteran of the Marines and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat V, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V, two Army Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

Half-Staff Washington State Flags – Al Rosellini

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

American Flags and Washington State Flags to fly at half-staff until further notice in memory of former Governor Al Rosellini, who passed away at the age of 101.

Half-Staff New Mexico Flags – Christopher Diaz

Friday, October 7th, 2011

American Flags and New Mexico Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, October 10th through Tuesday, October 11th in New Mexico in honor of of USMC Sergeant Christopher Diaz.

According to the office of the governor:
USMC Sergeant Christopher Diaz, age 27, was tragically killed during a Special Operations combat mission in Afghanistan on September 27, 2011. He was raised in Albuquerque, where he was a 2003 graduate of La Cueva High School and was an honored member of the school’s ROTC program. Sgt. Diaz served with Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, based at Twentynine Palms, California.

Half-Staff Wisconsin Flags – Jakob J. Roelli

Friday, October 7th, 2011

American Flags and Wisconsin Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, October 8th in the state of Wisconsin in honor of Army Sergeant Jakob J. Roelli.

According to the office of the governor:
Sergeant Jakob J. Roelli, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, died while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Half-Staff South Dakota Flags – Waldner

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

American Flags and South Dakota Flags to fly at half-staff Sunday, October 9th in the state of South Dakota in honor of William Waldner and Jacob Waldner. Both men were firefighters who recently died in a blaze near Britton.

Half-Staff Alabama Flags – Fred Shuttlesworth

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

American Flags and Alabama Flags to fly at half-staff in the state of Alabama in honor of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

According to the office of the governor:
Rev. Shuttlesworth was instrumental in the Birmingham integration efforts in the 1950’s and 1960’s that helped spark the national civil rights movement. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Shuttlesworth’s interment.

Columbus Day Flags

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

This Monday, October 10th, is Columbus Day, and whether or not you are a fan of Christopher Columbus you may be interested to know more about one of our favorite topics: his flags! Columbus’ fleet of three ships, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, made its infamous voyages flying some very interesting flags. Columbus, as admiral of the fleet, flew the royal standard (a white flag carrying a heraldic eagle) and his two captains flew the fleet’s ensign flag. The ensign flag consisted of a green maltese cross with an “F” and “Y” on either side. The old gothic letters were adorned with golden crowns for King Fernando of Aragon and Sicily and Ysabel, queen of Castile and Leon. To top things off, from Christopher Columbus’ ship, Santa Maria, flew a pennant as long as the mast bearing royal arms, a crucifix, and the words “Tanto Monta” meaning “One Is Equal to the Other,” the motto of Fernando and Ysabel.

*Images from Flags of the World

Half-Staff Louisiana Flags – Philip M. Hannan

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

American Flags and Louisiana Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, October 6th in the state of Louisiana in honor of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan.

According to the office of the governor:
Archbishop Hannan served as the 11th Archbishop of New Orleans, from 1965 to 1989, and upon retiring as archbishop at age 75, he became president of WLAETV, the public television station he founded. Archbishop Hannan was a Chaplain for the 82nd Airborne, where he earned the nickname “The Jumping Padre.” He risked his life to minister to wounded soldiers.