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Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy. Over the past half-century, nearly every major piece of legislation that has advanced the civil rights, health, and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. With his passing, an important chapter in our American story has come to an end. As a mark of respect for the memory of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on August 30, 2009. I also direct that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment. I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same periods at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. BARACK OBAMA

 

 

 

Mary Jane Grace, Program Technician

Property Valuation and Review Division

Vermont Dept. of Taxes

802-828-5863

 

 

From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nora Wilson
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:19 PM
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Subject: Re: Flag Notification - SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY

 

I was talking with our postmaster who had just received an e-mail saying the flag was to be flown at half-mast until Thursday, August 27.  What's up?

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Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:40 PM

Subject: FW: Flag Notification - SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY

 

 

 

Ginny Colbert

Executive Assistant to Secretary Markowitz

Vermont Secretary of State's Office

26 Terrace Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05609-1101

phone 802-828-2148

fax 802-828-2496

www.sec.state.vt.us


From: Barrett, Wendy [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:39 PM
To: BGS - Flag
Cc: Barrett, Wendy
Subject: Flag Notification - SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY
Importance: High

 

Date Issued:  August 26, 2009

 

N O T I C E

 

Flags to be Lowered to Half Staff

 

Per Federal Code P.L. 94-344 and Presidential Proclamation and

Per order of the Governor James H. Douglas

 

Where the flag will be lowered

All State facilities and public buildings and grounds around the state

 

Which flag(s) will be lowered

          The U.S flag, Vermont State flag, POW flags, and any other flags *

 

Date the flag is to be lowered:

          Effective immediately, Wednesday August 26, 2009

         

Date flag is to return to full staff:

          At sunset, on Sunday, August 30, 2009 **

 

Reason to lower flag(s):

 

            DEATH OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY

As a mark of respect for the memory of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and per Federal Code P.L. 94-344 and Presidential Proclamation, I have ordered all United States and Vermont flags be lowered to half-staff, effective immediately until sunset on August 30, 2009.

*        I also direct that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment per Federal Code P.L. 94-344 and Presidential Proclamation.

 

          **      Please note all flags must fly at half-staff for that period of time.  Rule:

When the U.S. flag is lowered, the Vermont flag, the POW flag, and any other flag must also be lowered, because the U.S. flag must always fly above or equal to any other flags that are flown.

 

 

 

Notice sent by:         Wendy L. Barrett

Office of the Commissioner

Buildings & General Services

802-828-3519