SIKESTON -- While President George W. Bush requested flags go back to full-staff, many will notice the flags in front of fire and emergency service agencies in Sikeston are still flying at half-staff. The flags remain at half-staff after a request by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
The IAFC requested that all America's fire and emergency service agencies to continue to fly their flags at half-staff until Oct. 11, to mark a formal 30-day period of mourning for the fire and rescue workers lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Shrouds will also be worn on badges until Oct. 11.
Due to the nature of the situation at "Ground Zero" in New York City, the IAFC acknowledges that it may never be possible to fully account for all the personnel who responded to the World Trade Center incidents. By recognizing the 30-day period, the IAFC hopes the time will provide a formal time frame for observance.
"Although President Bush's 'national period of mourning' may have ended, it is certainly not over for those of us in the fire service," said Chief John Buckman, president of the IAFC. "It is important that the fire and emergency service join together as a whole to continue to show our support and respect for our fallen comrades and it will be important to mark this sad period in our history with some closure for all of us as well."