Baker completes ceremonial departure from his position as governor
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker completed a ceremonial departure from the State House Wednesday.
This tradition, often referred to as the “lone walk,” has been around for about 140 years.
During the “lone walk,” the governor follows a path down the Grand Staircase, through the House of Flags, into Doric Hall, and out the central doors.
Next, the governor walks down a red carpet on the steps of the State House.
Baker was additionally honored with a 19-gun salute.
ABC 6 News’ sister station, WCVB, said Baker made his exit with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and his family by his side.
To symbolize the transition to being a private citizen of the Commonwealth, the governor traditionally crosses Beacon Street and enters Boston Common.