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Flags lowered Wednesday for Spc. Shane Ahmed

Nov. 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 Wednesday, Nov. 24, for Army Spc. Shane H. Ahmed, of Chesterfield Township, Mich., who died alongside four of his comrades in Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Ahmed, age 31, died Nov. 14 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ahmed's family has requested that flags be lowered Wednesday, the day of his private funeral service. A private burial will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, 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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