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

October 18, 2004

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today ordered that United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters be lowered for one day, on Wednesday, October 20, in honor of Private First Class (PFC) Mark Barbret, of Shelby Township, who died on Friday, October 15, from injuries he received while on active duty in Iraq.  Flags should return to full-staff on Thursday, October 21.

 PFC Barbret, 22, was killed when an explosive device detonated near his convoy in Ramadi, Iraq.  PFC Barbret was a mechanic with the U.S. Army 22nd Infantry Division.

 Under Section 7 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code, 4 USC 7, Governor Granholm, in December 2003, 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(s) 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’.