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Flags lowered Friday for Marine Jeffrey Standfest

June 23, 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 Friday, June 25, in honor of Marine Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest of St. Clair, Mich., who died June 16 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Standfest, age 23, died of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Standfest's family requested that flags be lowered Friday, June 25. His funeral service is Saturday, June 26, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Macomb 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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