Sad Commentary

As a veteran and retired police officer I’m very sad and embarrassed that the flags of the Town of Dennis ( an All American Town ) have not been lowered to half staff as ordered by the President last Friday ( 4 days ago ) in honor of the 5 police officers killed in the line of duty in Dallas. Several phone calls have been made to appropriate officials and as of 1:15 p.m. today I’m dismayed that the flag at West Dennis Beach is still at full staff. DPW has the only key to unlock the pulley system.
Businesses, banks and residential flags do not have to comply with the proclamation, but my own personal feeling is if you are going to fly the flag, then do it properly. There are several prominent businesses in Dennis Port with 25 and 30 foot flag poles and all their flags are also at full staff. I also understand that lowering the flag on all residential flags is not possible because of obstructions, trees, wires etc.
It appears that there is no one assigned to lower and raise town flags after proclamations from the President or Governor. Hopefully this will be addressed in the very near future. The Fire Dept. is usually on top of this as well as the Police Dept. It’s the flags at the library’s, parks and rotaries that fall into the abyss.
Some people just don’t care anymore….and it’s a very sad commentary on our way of life today. Just my own personal feelings and does not reflect the feelings of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee.

For Immediate Release

July 08, 2016

Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Dallas, Texas

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order 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, July 12, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time 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 eighth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

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7 Comments

  1. Bob Juliano Bob Juliano says:

    Yes, it is a sad commentary.

  2. Bob Juliano Bob Juliano says:

    But don’t lay it on the DPW, blame lies at the top.

  3. Just curious, in a town like Dennis with a town admin (not a town manager) who is at the top ? The selectmen ?

  4. He’s absolutely correct. Shame on us. 🙁 (not blaming the DPW, agree with Mr. Juliano.

  5. The governor also declared them half last until sunset Tuesday. 5 days for 5 police officers killed in Dallas.

  6. Thank you so much Don. I know the Dennis Port Post Office was at half staff. I hope the situation has been corrected. It is so important to have public acknowledgement of this awful sacrifice. The town needs a point person to handle this when it occurs. I cannot believe that this is more than an oversight. But it is vital.

  7. Scott Dunn Scott Dunn says:

    thanks We have lowered ours at home since the order. I would have done it anyway. come on Dennis.

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