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Memorial service Friday for WMU war casualty

May 9, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will remember WMU student Army Sgt. Matthew A. Webber with an informal memorial service at 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the flagpole in front of Seibert Administration Building.

Webber, age 23, died April 27 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas as the result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Habbaniyah, Iraq, about 50 miles west of Baghdad, Nov. 21, 2005. Webber was a junior marketing major at WMU before he was called to active military service in Iraq with the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment of Saginaw, Mich.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm ordered U.S. flags throughout Michigan lowered to half-staff Friday, May 5, in Webber's honor, and funeral services were held the following day at Morley Stanwood High School in Mecosta County, Mich.

For more information about the memorial service, contact Dori LaChance, veterans' affairs officer in the Registrar's Office, at dori.lachance@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4309.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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