HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Gov. Ned Lamont announce he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 3, for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
Since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flags, all other flags including state, municipal, corporate, should also be powered for the same duration of time.
“Firefighters are a core component of our communities, providing an invaluable service to protect the lives of complete strangers while oftentimes putting their own lives in danger,” Lamont said. “Here in Connecticut, this year alone we lost two firefighters in the line of duty- Ricardo Torress Jr. of the New Haven Fire Department and Colin McFadden of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department- both of whom gave their lives while responding to residential fires. They are heroes, and their bravery and courage will always be honored. I am thankful to the firefighters who protect our neighborhoods and our people, and I urge every resident of Connecticut to take time on this day of remembrance to reflect upon the bravery of the firefighters who have given their lives in service.”
This weekend commemorates the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend kicks off Fire Prevention Week, which starts on Oct. 3.
“Today we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice after dedicating their lives to serving their communities,” Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said. “In honor of the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, I hope we can all take a moment to pay tribute to the lives that were lost. We send love and strength to their families and co-workers.”