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Half-Staff Oregon Flags – Honoring Oscar Montano-Garcia

Friday, August 30th, 2013

American Flags and Oregon Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, August 31st in the State of Oregon in honor of Oscar Montano-Garcia. Garcia was a forestry firefighter who passed away while fighting the Nabob Fire near Applegate Lake.
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Half-Staff Illinois Flag – Honoring Donald MacLean

Friday, August 30th, 2013

American Flags and Illinois Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, August 30th through Saturday, August 31st in the State of Illinois in honor of US Army Corporal Donald MacLean. Corporal MacLean was a Korean War Veteran who was last heard from on December 2nd, 1950 in North Korea. His remains were recently identified.
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Half-Staff Arkansas Flags – Honoring Ricardo Young

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Arkansas State Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st in honor of US Army Sergeant First Class Ricardo Young. Sgt. 1st Class Young was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 738th Engineer Support Company, 307th Engineer Battalion 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. His service awards include: Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal.
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Half-Staff Virginia Flags – Honoring George Bannar Jr.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

American Flags and Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, September 3rd at the Capitol complex in Virginia in honor of US Army Master Sergeant George Bannar, Jr.

Flags are also authorized for display at half-staff in the County of Spotsylvania, the County of Orange, the town of Culpeper and in any other locality as deemed appropriate.

Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. died of injuries he suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Afghanistan. He was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Master Sgt. Bannar was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC and was serving on his fifth deployment.

US Army Master Sergeant George Bannar, Jr’s awards included: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
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Color Meanings in Flags – All Star Flags

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Visit our Flag Facts page to see our newest article about some of the common colors used in flags and their meanings.

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Color Meanings in Flags:
We often take for granted the significance and meaning behind some of our most well-known symbols. Flags have long been used as representation of places and people, and the thought that goes into their design goes far beyond just the choosing of complimentary colors and images. Their meanings often exemplify the values, history and moral standing of the places or individuals they represent.

Half-Staff Maryland Flags – Honoring Jason Schneider

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Maryland State Flags to fly at half-staff beginning Wednesday, August 28th through the date of interment (which is still to be determined) in honor of Police Officer First Class Jason Schneider. Tactical Officer Schneider was shot this morning while serving a warrant. He was a 13 year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department.
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UPDATE: Flags are to remain at half-staff for Officer Schneider through Saturday, August 31st.

Half-Staff Virginia Flags – Honoring Eric Lawson

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

American Flags and Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff Monday, August 26th at the Capitol complex in Virginia in honor of US Army Staff Sergeant Eric Lawson.

Flags are also authorized for display at half-staff in the County of York and in any other locality as deemed appropriate.

Staff Sergeant Lawson was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. He had served on four combat tours while serving his country: Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-2003; Operation Enduring Freedom 2006-2007; Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010, and Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013 with the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company Operations Team.

US Army SSG Lawson was awarded the following decorations during his time of service: The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with two knots, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral five, Army Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal, and the Drivers/Mechanics Badge, Drivers/Wheeled Vehicle Badge.

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Half-Staff Kentucky Flags – Honoring Grace, Herrera & Hicks

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, August 23rd in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of Keith Grace Jr., Octavio Herrera & Jamar Hicks.

According to the office of the governor and the Department of Defense:
Three soldiers assigned to Fort Campbell were killed August 11th while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
US Army Specialist Keith Grace Jr., of Baytown, TX, died of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.
US Army Staff Sergeant Octavio Herrera, of Caldwell, Idaho, died of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.
US Army Sergeant Jamar Hicks, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.
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Half-Staff New Mexico Flags – Honoring Stephen Easley

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

American Flags and New Mexico Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, August 20th in the State of New Mexico in honor of Rep. Stephen Easley. Rep. Easley was 60 when he passed away August 14th. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his Masters and PhD from Washington University. Rep. Easley served for one sessions representing the people of District 50 in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
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Half-Staff Arkansas Flags – Honoring Jamar Hicks

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Arkansas Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, August 13th through Thursday, August 15th in honor of US Army Sergeant Jamar Hicks. Sgt. Hicks died while of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit while serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.
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UPDATE: American Flags and Arkansas Flags to fly at half-staff again Friday, August 23rd in honor of US Army Sergeant Jamar Hicks.