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US, State, City Flags to Honor Specter

Oct. 15, 2012

Peter Mucha


City, state and federal flags will fly at half-staff in remembrance of former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who died Sunday from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

President Obama's order, effective Tuesday, the day of Specter's internment, applies to "the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day.

"I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations," the president's statement said.

Gov. Corbett's order, effective earler today, covers Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex and all commonwealth facilities until sundown Tuesday.

City flags were to be lowered today as well, and remain at half-staff through Tuesday.

The funeral service, open to the public, was scheduled for noon at Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley. Cameras and recording devices will be not be permitted. Interment will follow at Shalom Memorial Park, Huntingdon Valley.

Specter, 82, of Philadelphia, served the city as district attorney from 1965 to 1973, and the state as U.S. senator from to 1981 to 2011. He was a Republican until 2009, when he switched to the Democratic Party.

Specter repeatedly fought serious illness over the last two decades, surviving brain tumors in 1993 and 1996, heart bypass surgery in 1998, and Hodgkin's disease, necessitating chemotherapy, in 2005 and 2008.

Source: (c)2012 The Philadelphia Inquirer. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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