Senator Fasano Supports Legislation Allowing Flag Lowering for Servicemen and Women Killed in Action

January 25, 2006

State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven), the Ranking Senator on the General Assembly’s Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today spoke out at an event held this morning in the State Capitol’s Hall of Flags in favor of legislation that would allow the American flag, in addition to the Connecticut State Flag, to be lowered following the death of Connecticut servicemen and women in the line of duty. The event was attended by several elected officials, including the State’s Attorney General as well as American Legion Adjutant General Chuck Berry and members of the Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Vitagliano’s family. Current law calls only for the State Flag to be lowered to half-staff.

“The American Flag is an important symbol for all Americans, especially those who bravely served our country. These men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms ought to be properly honored for their heroism and this is just one way we as a state can do that,” said Senator Fasano.

This proposed legislation will clear up some ambiguity that currently exists regarding flag-lowering.

“Current federal law is unclear as to whether our Governor actually has the authority to declare that all American Flags statewide be lowered to half-staff. This legislation will put those concerns to rest and clarify Connecticut’s position,” added Senator Fasano.

The legislation will be raised in the Veteran’s Committee when the 2006 legislative session convenes on February 8th.

Senator Fasano is a Minority Leader and is serving his second term representing the 34th district communities of East Haven, North Haven, and Wallingford.