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Flags lowered for two Michigan men killed in Iraq

April 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17-18, in honor two Michigan servicemen who lost their lives while on active duty in Iraq.

Tuesday, April 17, flags will be lowered to honor Army Spc. Levi K. Hoover of Midland, Mich., age 23, who died April 7 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit in Zaganiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Wednesday, April 18, flags will be lowered to honor Army Sgt. Todd A. Singleton of Muskegon, Mich., age 24, who died April 8 from wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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 earlier states to honor its fallen sons and daughters by lowering flags. More than 16 states now follow the practice in some form, including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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