R.I. flags to be lowered for former First Lady Virginia Chafee

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has directed Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of former Rhode Island First Lady Virginia Chafee, who died Saturday.

Flags will remain lowered until sunset Wednesday, the day of interment.

“Virginia Chafee was a dedicated wife, mother and friend,” Raimondo said, according to a news release. “She was a proud environmentalist and champion of Rhode Island’s open spaces. Andy and I are keeping her loved ones, particularly her children and grandchildren, in our prayers during this difficult time.”

Raimondo also asked Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half staff as a mark of respect.

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