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Flags lowered Friday for Cpl. Daane DeBoer

July 1, 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, July 2, in honor of Marine Cpl. Daane A. DeBoer, of Ludington, Mich., who died June 25 in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

DeBoer, age 24, died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit's patrol area. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

DeBoer's family has requested that flags be lowered Friday, July 2, the day of his funeral service at Mayflower Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, 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: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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