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Flags lowered for Michigan soldier killed in Afghanistan

Sept. 6, 2009

LANSING, Mich.--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, Wednesday, Sept. 9, in honor of Army Private First Class Eric W. Hario of Monroe, Mich., who died Aug. 29 while on active duty in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Hario, age 19, died from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his patrol unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

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 first states to honor its fallen sons and daughters by lowering flags.

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