Good Question: Should flags still be at half-staff?

Brennan Somers
Created: July 14, 2020 04:54 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Tuesday’s Good Question is a follow up about tributes.

Back in April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all flags on state buildings to fly at half-staff to honor the victims of the pandemic. The original order states "Flags Will Remain Lowered While New York is on PAUSE.”


Since all of New York is reopening, News10NBC’s Brennan Somers has heard from multiple people asking, what about now?

Here’s the question from a local town clerk: When do flags in the Finger Lakes region return to full-staff? She sent that to Somers back in mid-May and he’s been trying to get answers for two months from the state.

Neighbors around town don't know what to do but want to remain respectful in how we honor COVID-19 victims with these tributes.

Somers never got a response from the governor's team after multiple requests for clarification. Then, last week, in a press release from the governor announcing flags to remain at half-staff for a fallen soldier, the order is mentioned again.

The last line states, “Flags in the state are currently kept at half-staff in tribute to the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

You may notice flags are back up at federal buildings or the post office. President Trump did order them lowered over the Memorial Day weekend in memory of coronavirus victims.

On Memorial Day itself, they flew again at half-staff honoring men and women killed while serving in the military.

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