Why flags in Virginia are flying half-staff on July 28

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The U.S. and Virginia flags are flying half-staff on July 28 in memory and respect for John “Jack” Reid, a former Virginia Delegate who died on July 17.

In 1989, Jack became the first Republican in the modern era elected to represent Henrico County in the Virginia House of Delegates, a position he held through nine election cycles before retiring in 2008, an obituary in the Washington Times notes.

He is also credited with crafting landmark compromise legislation with environmentalists and energy executives to reduce emissions from smokestacks and ensure clean air in Virginia, the obituary adds.

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“Jack was an original, larger than life. Predictably conservative and always accountable, unafraid to call out foolishness, including his own, notwithstanding its party of origin,” wrote Bob Lewis, a writer who covered Virginia government and politics for decades.

“Our Commonwealth is a lesser place today,” said Virginia’s House Speaker Todd Gilbert in a statement issued the day that Reid passed.

“While our time here overlapped by just a few years, I came to know Jack Reid as a giant of this body. He believed what he believed, and had no qualms about standing up for those beliefs, even if it meant standing alone. And on the odd occasion he made a mistake, he didn’t shy away from owning up to it.

Reid was 79 when he passed away.

The memorial services for Reid are being held today, July 28, at West End Assembly of God on N. Parham Rd in Henrico, followed by burial in Goochland County.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin ordered flags lowered on this day from sunrise until sunset.

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