Flags lowered Monday for Mattawan man killed in Iraq
March 23, 2007
KALAMAZOO--By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered for one day, Monday, March 26, in honor of Army Spc. James L. "Jimmy" Arnold of Mattawan, Mich., who died March 15 from injuries sustained while on active duty in Iraq.
Spc. Arnold, age 21, died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat operations in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Arnold was a 2004 graduate of Mattawan High School and enlisted in 2005. He is survived by his mother and father and four sisters, among other relatives. A funeral service is planned for Monday in Kalamazoo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Mattawan High School Foundation.
In December 2003, Gov. Granholm issued a proclamation requiring U.S. flags to be 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.
Michigan was among the earlier states to honor its fallen sons and daughters by lowering flags. More than 16 states now follow the practice in some form, including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
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