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Half-Staff New York Flags – Edward Frank II

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

American Flags and New York Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, August 17th, in the state of New York in honor of five Fort Drum soldiers who died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on August 11.

According to the officer of the governor:  Army Sergeant Edward J. Frank II, of Yonkers, NY, Army Specialist Jameel T. Freeman, of Baltimore, MD, Army Specialist Patrick L. Lay II, of Fletcher, NC, Army Private 1st Class Rueben J. Lopez, of Williams, CA, and Army Specialist Jordan M. Morris, of Stillwater, OK died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

 The soldiers were all assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Drum, NY.

South Sudan Flag

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Hats off to the newest nation South Sudan as its flag was ceremonially raised for the first time yesterday.  The flag-raising event, attended by African Union member heads of state, marked a historic turning point for the people of South Sudan.  South Sudan was admitted to the AU as its newest member on July 27, 2011.  South Sudan was admitted to the United Nations (UN) on July 14th, 2011 as the 193rd member.

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