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Because the Commonwealth of Massachusetts remains in its emergency posture due to COVID-19 response, Military Honors during burial are un-available to those veterans who pass during this public health crisis.

As such, Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag at the Massachusetts Soldiers’ Home – Holyoke, the Massachusetts Soldier’s Home – Chelsea, the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, and the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, be lowered to half-staff as a mark of solemn respect and in honor of the lives of all departed veterans during this period.

This order should begin immediately and shall end at the conclusion of the Governor Baker’s Emergency Order regarding COVID-19.