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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Flags At Half Mast In Berrettini's Home Town

By James Jones

Flags are at half mast in Lt. Col. Richard Berrettini's home town in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he will be buried on Friday.

I don't know all the proper flag etiquette, but I feel that our flags should be flown at half mast anytime a Pennsylvania soldier is killed in action.

Unless it is against the law, I hope that the flags in the area served by the Port Allegany School District will be flown at half mast on Friday as his funeral is conducted in Pittston, PA.

On a ride through Port Allegany on Thursday, where Mr. Berrettini served for nearly 15 years as a school nurse, I did not see one flag at less than full staff, not at the school, the post office or the Boro.

Mr. Berrettini was loved by everyone who had any contact with him. Please, let the Port Allegany-Roulette area show that love by lowering our flags in respect for his ultimate sacrifice.


Anonymous said...

I live in Port Allegany and I disagree with this man who is blatantly lying! The flags in Port have been at half mast since Saturday afternoon. How long they will continue to be flown as such I do not know, but they *ARE* at half mast. Why try to pull people apart at this time? We need to pull together for the Berrettini family.

Anonymous said...

While we grieve his loss and respect his sacrifice, we also respect the flag which he served under. The US flag is to be flown at half staff on only 4 occasions:
1. Memorial Day

2. Peace Officers Memorial Day

3. At the Direction of the President

4. At the Direction of a State's Governor

Solomon's words for the wise said...

That being the case, I hope you will join me in writing the Governor of Pennsylvania asking that any Pennsylvania soldier killed in combat, be accorded the courtesy of having the US flag lowered to half-mast from the time it becomes known until the serviceman is buried.Jim