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Governor Granholm Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff for Serviceman Killed in Iraq

April 19, 2004

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today ordered that United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters be lowered on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, in honor of Army Specialist Richard Trevithick of Gaines who was killed while on active duty in Iraq.
Spec. Trevithick, United States Army, was assigned to the Army’s 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based in Schweinfurt, Germany.  He was killed on Wednesday, April 14, in Balad, Iraq, when an explosive device exploded near his convoy vehicle.  Spec. Trevithick was 20 years old.
Spec. Trevithick enlisted in the Army after graduating from Swartz Creek High School in 2002.  He had plans to begin studying law enforcement in January when he was to be discharged from the military.
Under Section 7 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code, 4 USC 7, Governor Granholm, in December, issued a proclamation requiring United States flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan and half-mast on Michigan waters to honor Michigan servicemen and servicewomen killed in the line of duty.
When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position.  The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
When a member of the armed services from Michigan is killed in action, the Governor will issue a press release with information about the individual and the day that has been designated for flags to be lowered in his or her honor.  The information will also be posted on Governor Granholm’s web site at in the section titled ‘Spotlight’.