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Flags to be Flown Half-Staff Tuesday, Wednesday for Servicemen Killed in Iraq

May 27, 2005

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today ordered that United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters be lowered next week in honor of Michigan servicemen who lost their lives while on active duty in Iraq.  Flags will be lowered:

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 to honor Army Sergeant Brad A. Wentz of Gladwin.  Sgt. Wentz, 21, was killed when his convoy came under attack by enemy forces on a main supply route in Iraq on Friday, May 20.  He was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 180th Transportation Center out of Muskegon, Michigan.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005 to honor Army Specialist Joshua T. Brazee of Sand Creek.  Spc. Brazee, 25, died from non-combat related injuries in Al Qaim, Iraq on Monday, May 23.  He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
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 required 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.  This information will also be posted on Governor Granholm’s web site at in the section titled ‘Spotlight’.