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Half-Staff Kansas State Flags – Honoring Zachary Hargrove

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

American Flags and Kansas Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, May 26th in the state of Kansas in honor of Army Sgt. Zachary Hargrove.

According to the office of the governor:
Sergeant Zachary Hargrove died on May 3, 2012 while serving with the 1st Infantry Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Sergeant Hargrove was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. He served three previous tours to Iraq, including one with the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Half-Staff Kansas State Flags – Honoring Bob Bethell

Monday, May 21st, 2012

American Flags and Kansas Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Kansas State Representative Bob Bethell from today, May 21st through the day of his interment.

According to the office of the governor:
Rep. Bob Bethell died Sunday evening in a car accident in Wabaunsee County. Rep. Bethell joined the Kansas Legislature in 1999. Representing the 113th House District, he served in numerous leadership roles, most recently as the Chairman of the House Committee on Aging.

Half-Staff Hawaii State Flags – Honoring Wadsworth Y.H. Yee

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

American Flags and Hawaii Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, May 21st in the state of Hawaii in honor of former state Senator Wadsworth Y.H. Yee.

According to the office of the governor:
“Senator Yee’s leadership as a veteran, public servant, businessman and developer truly shaped the Hawai’i we know today,” said Governor Abercrombie. “His legacy is continued in our public and private institutions, and he will be dearly missed.”

Yee served in the territorial and state House from 1958 to 1962, and later served in the state Senate, representing the 11th District (Manoa-McCully-Waikiki) from 1966 to 1982. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, discharged in 1946 as a corporal, and served in the Army Reserve attaining the rank of major.

Half-Staff Massachusetts State Flags – Honoring Michael Ronner

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

American Flags and Massachusetts Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, May 19th in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in honor of Lance Corporal Michael J. Ronner.

Half-Staff Kentucky State Flags – Honoring Dustin Gross

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 17th in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of Pfc. Dustin Gross.

According to the office of the governor:
Pfc. Dustin Gross died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Half-Staff American Flags – Honoring National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Monday, May 14th, 2012

American Flags and State Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, May 15th across the country in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

According to a Presidential release:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2011, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2011, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

Half-Staff Arizona State Flags – Honoring Alejo Thompson

Monday, May 14th, 2012

UPDATE: American Flags and Arizona State Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 24th in the state of Arizona in honor of Army First Lieutenant Alejo R. Thompson. Flags are flying half-staff on the 24th in recognition of his interment; flags previously flew at half-staff of May 14th in honor of his passing.

American Flags and Arizona State Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, May 14th in the state of Arizona in honor of Army First Lieutenant Alejo R. Thompson.

According to the office of the governor:
First Lieutenant Thompson died May 11, 2012 in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He died of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol received small arms fire. He was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Half-Staff Arizona Flags – Honoring Maj. Gen. Don Owens

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

American Flags and Arizona Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 10th in the state of Arizona in honor of Maj. Gen. Don L. Owens.

According to the office of the governor:
Maj. Gen. Owens served our State and Nation for 45 years, including a decade of honorable service as Arizona’s Adjutant General and Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. Maj. Gen. Owens joined the Arizona Air National Guard as a private in 1952. During his career, he served as Commanding General of the Arizona Air National Guard and Commander of the 161st Air Refueling Group, among other positions. He was named Adjutant General in 1983, and faithfully served in this role until his retirement in 1994. Maj. Gen. Owens was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010.

Half-Staff Hawaii Flags – Honoring Don Viray

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

American Flags and Hawaii Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, May 10th in the state of Hawaii in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Two Don C. Viray.

According to the office of the governor:
Army helicopter pilot CW2 Viray was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on April 19, 2012. CW2 Viray was assigned to A Company 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Half-Staff Minnesota Flags – Honoring Nicholas Dickhut

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

American Flags and Minnesota Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, May 8th in the state of Minnesota in honor of US Army Sergeant Nicholas M. Dickhut.

According to the office of the governor:
Sgt. Dickhut died April 30 from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Afghanistan. Dickhut was a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier and was a member of the 3rd Stryker Brigade that deployed in December and was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division as a forward observer.