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Flags lowered Wednesday for Pfc. Shane Reifert

Nov. 16, 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 Wednesday, Nov. 17, in honor of Army Pfc. Shane M. Reifert, of Cottrellville, Mich., who died Nov. 6 in Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Reifert, age 23, died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Reifert's family has requested that flags be lowered Wednesday, the day of his funeral service at Our Lady on the River Holy Cross Parish in Marine City, Mich. His burial will take place Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, 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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