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Flags to be Flown Half-Staff Friday for Serviceman Killed in Iraq

August 3, 2005

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 Friday, August 5, in honor of Army Specialist Adrian J. Butler who died July 27 while on active duty in Iraq.  Butler graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and grew up in Detroit.  Flags should return to full-staff Saturday, August 6.
Army Spc. Butler, 28, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol in Ashraf, Iraq.  He was assigned to the 411th Military Police Company, 720th Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
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 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’.