Flags lowered Friday for Sgt. Jeremy DePottey
Sept. 21, 2006
KALAMAZOO--By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered for one day, Friday, Sept. 22, in honor of Army Sgt. Jeremy E. DePottey, who died Sept. 11 from injuries sustained while on active duty in Afghanistan.
Sgt. DePottey, age 26, of Ironwood, Mich., died in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a single vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Flags should return to full-staff Saturday, Sept. 23.
In December 2003, Gov. Granholm issued a proclamation requiring U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters to honor Michigan servicemen and servicewomen killed in the line of duty.
Michigan was among the earlier states to honor its fallen sons and daughters by lowering flags. Sixteen states now follow the practice, including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
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