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Flags lowered Thursday for Cpl. Paul Miller

July 28, 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 Thursday, July 29, in honor of Marine Cpl. Paul J. Miller, of Traverse City, Mich., who died June 19 in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Miller, age 22, died of injuries he sustained while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary force based at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Miller's family has requested that flags be lowered Thursday, July 29, the day of his funeral service at Lake Ann (Mich.) United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City, 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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