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Flags lowered for Michigan man killed in Afghanistan

June 4, 2010

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 Monday, June 7, in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony A. DiLisio, who died in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

DiLisio, age 20, died May 30 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. DiLisio's family has requested that flags be lowered on Monday, June 7, the day of his funeral service at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church in Clinton Township, Mich.

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

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