City Flags and Funerals

As a sad addendum to our piece on the Toronto city flag (in VexTab #47), here is an image of the flag covering the casket of former mayor Rob Ford as he lies in repose in City Hall.

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Photo from The Globe and Mail (Fred Lum)

Traditions vary from city to city, and the use of the city flag as a casket flag appears to be rather rare.  Here are some other exceptions:

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The funeral of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Photo by Jesse Costa/WBUR.
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Funeral of Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne. Photo by Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media
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Funeral of Washington Mayor Marion Barry. Photo by Bill O’Leary/Washington Post
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Funeral of New York Mayor Ed Koch. Image from nbcnewyork.com
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The flag of the New York City Police Department covers the casket of Officer Rafael Ramos. Photo by Julio Cortez/AP
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Author: SDM

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