Governor Lamont Directs Flags To Half-Staff Monday in Observance of Memorial Day
Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven Will Be Illuminated Red, White, and Blue Throughout the Holiday Weekend
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 29, 2023, from sunrise until noon in observance of Memorial Day to honor and mourn the members of the military who have died while serving the United States Armed Forces.
As is customary and unique for this holiday, flags are lowered throughout the duration of the morning and then raised to full-staff promptly at noon for the remainder of the day. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.
In addition, Governor Lamont announced that the state will illuminate the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven – informally known by many as the Q Bridge – in red, white, and blue lights each night this holiday weekend beginning on the evening of Friday, May 26, and continuing through the evening of Monday, May 29. Multicolored beacons capable of projecting light nearly six miles into the clear night sky will beam from sunset until the early morning hours. The bridge carries I-95 over the Quinnipiac River and is maintained by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Governor Lamont said, “Our hearts are forever with the members of the United States military who fought for our country and whose lives were taken in the line of duty, as well as with their families who have made many sacrifices in the course of their loved one’s call to service. Our nation’s service members put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms and liberties that make this country the greatest in the world, and we honor and pay tribute to each of the fallen heroes. I thank every member of the military for the many sacrifices they make on behalf of our country and I urge everyone in Connecticut to please keep in your prayers the military families who have lost loved ones.”
Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said, “The members of our U.S. military demonstrate an unwavering sense of duty, resilience, and bravery in their service to our country. We will forever be indebted to the men and women who answered the call and gave their lives to defend our freedom and democracy. On Memorial Day, and every day, we pay tribute to these heroes, their spouses, and families for their sacrifices.”