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Half-Staff Colorado Flags – Honoring Liam Nevins

Monday, September 30th, 2013

American Flags and Colorado Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, October 2nd in the State of Colorado in honor of US Army Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins. Staff Sgt. Nevins died as a result of small arms fire while serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to B Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Army National Guard, Watkins, Colorado.
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Half-Staff Oregon Flags – Honoring Jonathan Gibson

Friday, September 27th, 2013

American Flags and Oregon Flags to fly at half-staff Friday, September 27th in the State of Oregon in honor of US Navy Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson. CWO Gibson died on September 22nd while serving in the central Red Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter he was piloting crashed shortly after touching down on the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence. CWO Gibson was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California. His medal’s include: the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
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Half-Staff Minnesota Flags – Honoring Firefighters Memorial Day

Friday, September 27th, 2013

American Flags and Minnesota Flags to fly at half-staff Sunday, September 29th in the State of Minnesota in honor of Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.
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Half-Staff Illinois Flags – Honoring Randall Lane

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

American Flags and Illinois Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, September 24th through Wednesday, September 25th in the State of Illinois in honor of US Army Staff Sergeant Randall Lane. Army Staff Sgt. Lane died while serving in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was part of the 1438th Transportation Company and served as a Motor Transport Operator providing security for convoy operations.
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Half-Staff Minnesota Flags – Honoring Rosalie Wahl

Friday, September 20th, 2013

American Flags and Minnesota Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, September 21st in the State of Minnesota in honor of Justice Rosalie Wahl. Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed this Saturday the 21st as Rosalie Wahl Day in Minnesota. Justice Wahl served as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1977 to 1994. She was the first woman to serve on the State’s highest court. Wahl was a graduate of the University of Kansas who earned her law degree from William Mitchell College.
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Half-Staff Illinois Flags – Honoring James Sizemore

Friday, September 20th, 2013

American Flags and Illinois Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday, September 21st through Monday, September 23rd in the State of Illinois in honor of US Air Force Major James Sizemore. Major Sizemore was a Vietnam Veteran who’s A-26 Invader aircraft crashed while on a mission in 1969. His remains were recently identified.
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Half-Staff Illinois Flags – Honoring Jerome Baker

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

American Flags and Illinois Flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday, September 18th through Friday, September 20th in honor of Illinois National Guard Sergeant 1st Class Jerome Baker. Baker served for 11 years and was recently named noncommissioned officer in charge of readiness for Company G, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
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Half-Staff American Flags – Washington Navy Yard Victims

Monday, September 16th, 2013

American Flags are to fly at half-staff beginning Monday, September 16th through Friday, September 20th throughout the United States in honor of the victims of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard today. Twelve people lost their lives today when a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard and many more were injured.

Created in 1799, the Washington Navy Yard is the Navy’s oldest land establishment. The Navy Yard was originally constructed as a shipbuilding facility that built and serviced some of the Navy’s famous early vessels. The facility was burned during the War of 1812 and was later rebuilt and transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. Today, the Washington Navy Yard houses the headquarters of Naval District Washington and as well as a naval museum.

By order of The President of the United States:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, September 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

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

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How the Military Uses Flags – All Star Flags

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Visit our Flag Facts page to see our newest article about some of the ways the military uses flags.

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How the Military Uses Flags:
The United States Flag is known as a symbol of freedom and unity in America. Throughout the years, the flag has evolved into the familiar icon that it is today; complete with 13 stripes and 50 stars. Although the American flag is used to represent the history of the country and the fundamentals it was founded upon, there are also a variety of ways that the United States armed forces utilize not only the American flag but other types of flags in order communicate, commemorate, pay their respects to fallen soldiers and much more. These symbols play an important role in a variety of circumstances within the operations of the United States military.

Half-Staff Iowa Flags – Honoring Jamie Buenting

Monday, September 16th, 2013

American Flags and Iowa Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, September 17th in the State of Iowa in honor of Officer Jamie Buenting. Officer Buenting was a member of the Rockwell City Police Department who was killed in the line of duty Friday, September 13th. Buenting was part of a group of officers who were attempting an arrest of a suspect wanted on a felony domestic assault warrant. The suspect barricaded himself inside a home. During the standoff with police officers, the suspect fired a single shot which struck and killed Officer Jamie Buenting. He had been with the Rockwell City Police Department for eight years of a twelve year career in law enforcement.
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