11/04/2009: "Why Are Flags At Half-staff?"
Governor Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, November 4, in honor of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Three Niall D. Lyons, and on Thursday, November 5, in honor of U. S. Army Private First Class Christopher Walz, 25, of Vancouver.
Chief Warrant Officer Lyons, died this week in Afghanistan of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed.
Private First Class Walz, died this week in Afghanistan of injuries sustained when his military vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Thursday, or first thing Friday morning. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.