GROTON — The Board of Selectmen has adopted a new flag policy, which is intended to provide clearer protocols on lowering the town’s American flags.
A key change in the new policy is Groton designating a “main flag” that will be lowered during times of mourning.
During prior discussions, Town Manager Mark Haddad advised that step to ensure timely rising and lowering of Groton’s flags. He indicated that hasn’t always happened during the past, adding flags at half staff generate a lot of phone calls at Town Hall and people should be able to get a quick answer on that by calling the selectmen’s office.
The newly designated flag, which is located the Firemen’s Common at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets, will henceforth be lowered by a designee of the town manager and flown at half staff by order of the president, the governor or by the town. On a local level, the flag should be flown at half staff after the death of a present or former local official, passing of an Groton resident who was a veteran, or for any other resident at the discretion of the selectmen chairman.
Additional American flags on other commons across town will be lowered to half staff on Memorial Day, Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. They can also be lowered during times of mourning, at the discretion of the selectmen.
Haddad said he’d worked with the local veteran’s agent to develop the policy and the board unanimously approved it shortly after.