Special flag arrives in Utah for officer's funeral

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 6:20 p.m. MST

A color guard waits at the Salt Lake City International Airport for the arrival of a historic flag from Washington, D.C., to honor fallen officers, including Sgt. Cory Wride, whose funeral it was flown in for, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A flag dedicated to honoring fallen officers was flown to Utah on Tuesday to be part of the funeral for a slain sheriff's sergeant.

The U.S. Honor Flag will be used Wednesday in the funeral for Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride in Spanish Fork. The flag has been used at many fallen officers' funerals throughout the country.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001, a flag was gifted to U.S. Honor Flag co-founder Chris Heisler by the Texas House of Representatives. Since September 2001, the U.S. Honor Flag has paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting their lives, homes and country, and also those who currently serve communities and the nation, according to the U.S. Honor Flag website.

Also, Spanish Fork schools in the city will be dismissed early Wednesday for Wride's funeral.

All secondary schools will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m., and all elementary schools will be excused at noon.

The Spanish Fork Police Department has advised Nebo School District that Main Street and 300 South will be closed from 1 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m., and city officials anticipate significant traffic delays and congestion that would interfere with students leaving school at the regularly scheduled time.

The school schedule is being implemented to avoid confusion and concerns associated with significant traffic issues.

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