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Flags lowered for Michigan man killed in Iraq

March 22, 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, Tuesday, March 23, in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Richard J. Jordan, of Harrison Township, Mich., who died while on active duty in Iraq.

Jordan, age 29, died March 16 in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.

A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, March 23, at the Light Guard Armory in Detroit. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27, and burial will be in Ohio.

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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