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Local Woman Complains Post Office Didn't Fly Flag at Half-Staff

A woman was appalled today when she didn't see the flag lowered at the local post office.

Dorrie Maynard, who lives in Worcester, was concerned on Tuesday when she stopped to mail something at the Shrewsbury Post Office and saw that the flag there was not at half-staff.

President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House, public buildings, grounds and military facilities to be flown at half-staff in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday.

Posting on Facebook, she wrote, "When I asked the kid why, he said, 'We didn't get an order to do it.' I said that the president gave the order and as a government building it should have been done!! Cannot believe I am the only one that noticed."

Maynard said that when she left the post office, she was so upset that she called the town offices in Shrewsbury and spoke to a selectmen, who was "just as surprised."

"I said it was a matter of respect and he agreed and said he would take care of it," said Maynard. I did my good deed for the day and shame on the employees of the post office and the people of shrewsbury for not noticing and doing something abut it sooner!"

Maynard told Patch that she also stopped by the Fire Department to ask if they could help, but that she was not allowed in through the buzz system.

Dan B. December 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM
This woman did the right thing in ensuring the flag was lowered and following through with town officials....where she frustrates me is in her needing to take it to the local press. It's not like they refused to lower the flag. Maybe the Post Office really didn't get the memo, or the person in charge of it was on vacation....there are so many other details here that we don't know or NEED to know. I'm sure nobody left a flag flying intentionally to disrespect anyone. I'm saddened that we live in a culture where every time someone makes a mistake there is a call for public humiliation via the press.
dorrie maynard December 19, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I didn't take it to the press, posted it on my fb page and the editor contacted me and asked if she could use it!!! , as a concerned citizen, I just wanted the situation to be addressed and fixed!!!! if the editor felt it was news worthy, I was willing to share my story!!!! oversight on the part of the post master? that's his job to know!!! public humiliation??? how about respect for the innocent victims!!!!
Daro Miller December 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM
High 5 to Dorrie! If it takes public humiliation to get the Postal Service to respect and show honor to our innocent victims, then so be it! She did the right thing, as did the editor. http://www.flag-outlet.com/

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