Hannibal Street Department personnel were working in the rain Monday to comply with an order to fly U.S. flags at half staff.

“It’s certainly a miserable day,” remarked Aaron Davis of the Hannibal Street Department Monday afternoon as he stood in downtown Hannibal as a light, wind-blown rain fell.

Three members of the street department were working to lower the U.S. flag to half mast on the city’s Avenue of Flags on Broadway.

On March 2 U.S. flags were ordered to be flown at half mast in honor of Billy Graham. Reportedly the flag-lowering decree came too late in the day to take immediate action.

On Monday when an attempt to lower the flag was made the rope malfunctioned, which required a new rope to be placed on the flag pole.

A bucket truck was borrowed from the parks and recreation department in order to reach the top of the center flag pole.


Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com .