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Mayor Eric Papenfuse Orders Flags At Half Mast at City Hall In Honor of Deceased Councilwomen

Mourning the Sudden Death of Harrisburg Councilwoman

Mayor Eric Papenfuse has ordered flags lowered at City Hall in honor of the Honorable Eugenia Smith and the Honorable Judith Hill, both city councilwomen who died recently.

Councilwoman Eugenia Smith was a sitting council member and was chair of the Public Safety committee. She died suddenly Friday afternoon. Councilwoman Judith Hill was the city’s first African American councilwoman and a former member of the city school board. She died April 8 at the age of 85.

The Honorable Eugenia Smith, who spent more than 25 years in public service, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon at Harrisburg Hospital. Councilwoman Smith was recently re-elected to a second term on the Harrisburg City Council. She was the chair of the Public Safety Committee and worked closely with the Harrisburg fire and police departments.

 

 

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4 Comments to “Mayor Eric Papenfuse Orders Flags At Half Mast at City Hall In Honor of Deceased Councilwomen”

    Uncle Sam said:
    April 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Only the president or a governor can order a flag to half mast

      LTC(Ret) said:
      April 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Flags are NOT flown at half mast unless on a ship which has a mast or a full gaffe rigged mast placed on land. The mayor ordered flags flown at half staff. The mayor may order half staff only with the city of Harrisburg. The place of honor on a staff or flag pole is at the top of the staff. On a mast it is flown on the diagonal gaffe of the mast.

        LTC(Ret) said:
        April 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        I correct myself on my comment. Gaff is misspelled as "gaffe." A mast is gaff rigged. Joe Biden makes gaffes. Totally different meanings.

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