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Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Thursday to honor fallen Iowa soldier

Gov. Branstad

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 to honor Pfc. Brandon Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, who died Nov. 5 while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.

Pfc. Buttry’s funeral will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be in attendance to represent the administration.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

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