Green Bay Packers Statement On Flag-Lowering Practice

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"First and foremost, the Green Bay Packers have tremendous respect for the American Flag and all that it represents, especially our veterans.

"The Packers follow Executive Orders of the State of Wisconsin with regard to all flag lowering, and have done so for many years. At a preseason game this summer we honored the families of Wisconsin military men and women that died in the line of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also, earlier this week we were honored to host families of local military personnel serving in Iraq as part of a private reception and stadium tour hosted by the Packers Women's Association.

"Additionally, as an organization, we lowered the flags atop Lambeau Field Sunday in memory of Reggie White and the contributions he made to this franchise and our community. It is a practice we've followed for years as a way of honoring members of our organization and their contributions to the Packers. We did the same for Ray Nitschke, Don Hutson, Tony Canadeo, Mark Hatley and others.

"During the past few days we have received much feedback on the topic. At the suggestion of many veterans, in the future when honoring a member of our organization, we will lower a Packers flag to half-staff.

"We regret any misunderstandings and thank the veterans whose suggestions led to our new policy."

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