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Flags lowered Tuesday for Kalamazoo man

Oct. 10, 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 Tuesday, Oct. 12, in honor of Marine Sgt. Anthony D. Matteoni of Kalamazoo, who died Oct. 1 in Afghanistan.

Photo of Anthony D. Matteoni.Matteoni, age 22, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Matteoni's family has requested that flags be lowered Tuesday, Oct. 12, the day of his funeral service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, with burial to follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.

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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