Flags to be Flown Half-Staff Thursday for Army Private First Class Bradley D. Rappuhn of Grand Ledge

Contact: Debbie Whipple 517-335-6397

Half-Staff Flag

August 17, 2010

LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today ordered United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters lowered for one day Thursday, August 19, 2010, in honor of Army Private First Class Bradley D. Rappuhn of Grand Ledge who died August 8 at Zhari Kandahar, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Flags should be returned to full-staff Friday, August 20.

Pfc. Rappuhn, age 24, died from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Pfc. Rappuhn's family has requested that flags be lowered on Thursday, August 19, the day of his funeral service at Grand Ledge High School, Grand Ledge, Michigan.  Burial will follow in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.

Under Section 7 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code, 4 USC 7, Governor Granholm, in December 2003, issued a proclamation requiring United States flags 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.  Procedures for flag lowering were detailed by Governor Granholm in Executive Order 2006-10 and included in federal law under the Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks Federal Flag Code Amendment Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-41).

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position.  The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

When a member of the armed services from Michigan is killed in action, the governor will issue a press release with information about the individual(s) and the day that has been designated for flags to be lowered in his or her honor.  The information will also be posted on Governor Granholm's Website at www.michigan.gov/gov in the section titled "Spotlight."

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