Flags lowered for Michigan soldier killed in Afghanistan
Feb. 18, 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, Feb. 19, in honor of Army Sgt. Dillon B. Foxx, of Traverse City, Mich., who died Feb. 5 while on active duty in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan.
Foxx, age 22, died from injuries he sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.
A memorial service will be held for Foxx at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Conference Center in Traverse City.
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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