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Flags lowered for Michigan soldier killed in Afghanistan

Jan. 21, 2010

LANSING, Mich.--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, Friday, Jan. 22, in honor of Army Sgt. Lucas Beachnaw, of Lowell, Mich., who died Jan. 13 while on active duty in Darya Ya, Afghanistan.

Beachnaw, age 23, died from injuries he sustained when enemy forces attacked his patrol unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, at Camp Ederle, Italy. He was one month into his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Ada Bible Church in Ada, Mich., with burial in South Bingham Cemetery in St. Johns, Mich.

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 first states to honor its fallen sons and daughters by lowering flags.

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Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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