01/18/2011: "Gov. Orders Flags At Half-Staff"
OLYMPIA - Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, Jan 18th. Citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition of a fallen soldier.
The flags are to be lowered from the top of the flag pole to half-staff in memory of U. S. Army Private First Class Robert J. Near, 21, of Granger. Near died last week in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Tuesday, or first thing Wednesday morning, Jan. 19th.
Congress amended the U.S. Flag Code to give governors the authority to lower flags when a state resident in the military is killed in the line of duty.