Governor M. Jodi Rell has signed into law a bill cosponsored by state representatives Jason Perillo and John Harkins that would extend the time flags can be flown on veterans’ graves, the legislators said today.
“Flying the flag over the grave of a parent, sibling or grandparent who fought to preserve our country’s freedom from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July will mean a great deal to families of Shelton and Stratford veterans who have passed away or who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country,” said Representative Perillo, R-113th District.
“With Memorial Day being observed on May 25th, I was very pleased that Governor Rell signed this legislation in time for it to take effect before two of the country’s most patriotic holidays are celebrated,” said Representative Harkins, R-120th District. “I’d like to thank Governor Rell for her thoughtfulness in signing the bill this week.”
The bill would allow the placement of flags on veterans’ graves from the Saturday before Memorial Day until the Monday after the Fourth of July, enabling the flags to be flown for a longer period of time. The proposal now goes to the state Senate for final legislative approval, the legislators said.