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Flags lowered Friday for Marine Staff Sgt. David Day

by Tonya Durlach

May 12, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David Day.
Staff Sgt. David Day
LANSING, Mich.--By order of Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered Friday, May 13, in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David Day, of Gaylord, Mich., who died April 24.

Day, age 26, died while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan's Badghis province. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Before being deployed to Afghanistan, Day previously had served two tours of duty in Iraq.

Visitation is today from 2 to 7 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gaylord Evangelical-Free Church.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm issued a proclamation in December 2003, 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.