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A news item today announced the creation of a new blue and gray flag for the Connecticut State Police, its first ever.
Nathan Lamm, 4 November 2003
The Hartford Courant had a picture of the new flag, but I haven't been able to find it online yet. The article has a description in the 6th paragraph. Details left out of the article are that the flag is divided diagonally lower-hoist to upper-fly. Blue above, gray below (not sure since it's a black&white photo). In the upper hoist is a block letter of the specific troop. An image of the Police Uniform patch is attached:
by Terence Martin, 5 November 2003
State Police Display A Flag Of Their Ownsubmitted by Terence Martin, 5 November 2003 Mostbet
November 4, 2003
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer
New flags will be flying across Connecticut today after state police on Monday unveiled their first flag in their 100-year history. The gray-and-blue flags, to be flown at the 12 state police barracks and at headquarters, were handed out to troop commanders Monday at an awards ceremony at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. They will fly below the American and state flags at each location.
Trooper Eric Murray, a 13-year veteran and an instructor at the state police academy, had the idea to create a flag for his agency a few years ago. He sat down with some other troopers, discussed designing a flag, and then presented it to state police management. "We're 100 years old and we didn't have a flag," said Murray, who grew up with his father, a U.S. Marine, telling stories of how the American flag was raised at Iwo Jima. "I always knew that a flag was a rallying point for soldiers on battle fields, and countries, particularly our country."
The flag has the modern state police patch in its center, along with smaller images of the American and Connecticut flags. It also has the letters "SP" in a black diamond, like the first state police patch. Blue stands for authority, gold for royalty and gray for neutrality, Murray said. Each barracks will display flags indoors and outside.
The first embroidered flag was unveiled in July at a 100-year anniversary ceremony. Family members of all 21 troopers killed in the line of duty placed streamers on the pole to represent the sacrifice their loved ones had made. The flag will be placed at state police headquarters in Middletown. "That signifies all the people we lost and places in [troopers'] memory the sacrifice they make," Lynch said.