Baker completes ceremonial departure from his position as governor

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FILE - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during an interview at the Massachusetts Statehouse, Tuesday Dec. 27, 2022, in Boston. Baker delivered a final message to the public Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 as the Republican prepares to exit the office he has held for eight years.

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.

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