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FLAGS AT HALF STAFF

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff today in memory of U.S. Army Sergeant Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, of Colville. Goldsmith died July 15th of injuries sustained in Afghanistan when his patrol received rocket-propelled grenade fire.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business today, or first thing Wednesday morning, July 27th.   

Congress amended the U.S. Flag Code to give governors the authority to lower flags when a state resident in the military is killed in the line of duty. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition.

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