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Whitmer orders flags at half-staff at Capitol and state buildings

Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 23:07:54-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Whitmer has ordered flags at the State Capitol and all state buildings to be at half-staff on Monday. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

This act is to honor the service of a fallen Michigan Marine, Marine LCpl. James Tien Tan Huynh, and coincide with his military funeral.

"We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of LCpl. Huynh," Whitmer said. "Our state will forever be indebted to his service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

The Lansing Eastern High School grad, was currently serving with the 8th Communications Battalion stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

"The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of all military personnel and remembers those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff."

To lower flags to half-staff:
Flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position.
The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.

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