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Half-Staff Washington Flags – Honoring Robert Ellis

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

American Flags and Washington State Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, July 1st in Washington State in honor of US Army Spc. Robert Ellis. Spc. Ellis died June 18th while serving in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from indirect fire.
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Half-Staff Wisconsin Flags – Honoring Merlin Allen

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

American Flags and Wisconsin Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, June 29th in the State of Wisconsin in honor of USMC Lance Corporal Merlin Allen.

According to the office of the governor:
Lance Corporal Allen was a field radio operator in the Vietnam War whose helicopter crashed around June 30, 1967. His remains were recently found and identified.
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Half-Staff Kentucky Flags – Honoring Sean Mullen

Monday, June 24th, 2013

American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, June 25th in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of US Army Warrant Officer Sean Mullen.

Warrant Officer Mullen died June 2, in Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.
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Half-Staff New Jersey Flag – Honoring James Gandolfini

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

American Flags and New Jersey Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, June 24th in the state of New Jersey in honor of James Gandolfini.
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Half-Staff Massachusetts Flags – Honoring Christopher Dona

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

American Flags and Massachusetts Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, June 22nd in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in honor of US Army PFC Christopher Dona. PFC Dona was killed while conducting a parachute training exercise. He was part of the 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.

Note: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag is to remain at half-staff until July 8th under previous declaration honoring former Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci.
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Half-Staff North Carolina Flags – Honoring James Holshouser Jr.

Monday, June 17th, 2013

American Flags and North Carolina Flags to fly at half-staff beginning Monday, June 17th in North Carolina in honor of former Governor James Holshouser, Jr. Flags are to remain at half-staff through the day of his interment (which has not yet been determined). Mr. Holshouser served as governor from 1973-1977.
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UPDATE: Flags to return to full staff on Saturday, June 22nd.

Half-Staff Kentucky Flags – Honoring Pierce & Sisson

Friday, June 14th, 2013

American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, June 15th in the Commonwealth in honor of US Army Spc. Robert Pierce and US Army 2nd Lt. Justin Sisson. Both men were killed while serving in Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
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Half-Staff Arkansas Flags – Honoring Robert Pierce

Friday, June 14th, 2013

American Flags and Arkansas Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, June 15th in honor of US Army Specialist Robert Allan Pierce. Specialist Pierce died June 3rd as a result of injuries suffered while serving in Afghanistan. He was a member of the US Army, assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
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Half-Staff New York Flags – Honoring Clark, Leonard & Morabito

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

American Flags and New York Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, June 14th in honor of US Army Lt. Col. Todd Clark, US Army Major Jaimie Leonard and Josheph Morabito. All 3 died on June 8th when a gunman fired upon a group that was training Afghan troops. Lt. Col Clark and Major Leonard were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum. Mr. Morabito was a civilian contractor.
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National Flag Week – Flag Day Friday, June 14th

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Celebrate Flag Week by flying your American Flag. Did you know that June 9th through June 15th is National Flag Week? It culminates with National Flag Day on Friday, June 14th and all Americans are encouraged to fly your American Flag.
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FLAG DAY AND NATIONAL FLAG WEEK, 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Each June, our Nation lifts its sights to the flag that has watched over us since the days of our founding. In those broad stripes and bright stars, we see the arc of the American story — from a handful of colonies to 50 States, united and free.

When proud patriots took up the fight for independence, they came together under a standard that showed their common cause. When the wounds of civil war were still fresh and our country walked the long road to reconstruction, our people found hope in a banner that testified to the strength of our Union. Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountaintop or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens.

This week, we celebrate that legacy, and we honor the brave men and women who have secured it through centuries of service at home and abroad. Let us raise our flags high, from small-town storefronts to duty stations stretched around the globe, and let us look to them once more as we press on in the march toward a more perfect Union.

To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as “Flag Day” and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings. The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President annually issue a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as “National Flag Week” and call upon citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2013, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 9, 2013, as National Flag Week. I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA