On a National Day of Mourning, Maryland firefighters paid a traditional farewell to a hero. With a gentle steady rainfall, firefighters from Prince George's and Charles County displayed the Garrison Flag supported by ladder trucks over the path of President Ronald Wilson Reagan's funeral procession as it passed through Prince George's County.
The home of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base is located in Prince George's County, Maryland. President Reagan's funeral procession was within a mile of the main gate at Andrews Air Force Base when the largest symbol of our national flag, The Garrison Flag, was displayed between Prince George's County Truck 26, District Heights and Charles County Truck 1, LaPlata.
The funeral procession slowed as it passed the dozens of firefighters from stations throughout Prince George's and Charles County saluting the hearse carrying the flag draped coffin of President Reagan and limousines with Reagan's family on board.
Jay Tucker, President of the Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, organized the display and said "we are representing firefighters across the country today as we say farewell to a hero with our most traditional and dignified symbol in the fire service."