Friday, October 23, 2009

Flags to fly at half-staff Sunday

Flags at all state government and federal facilities, and Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other locations across the state, will fly at half-staff Sunday in honor of a former state resident who died of injuries sustained in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Kevin J. Graham, 27, of Benton, Ky., died on Sept. 26 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after the explosion struck his vehicle. Graham moved from Salem, in Kenosha County, in 2005 with his parents to Fairdealing, Ky. They had lived in Wisconsin since 1991, and his three older brothers still live in southeastern Wisconsin or northern Illinois.

Graham enlisted in 2007 and was later assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team based in Fort Lewis, Wash. Family members said he always wanted to join the army.

Other state agencies, and businesses and private residences with flag poles, are welcome to fly flags at half-staff during daylight hours Sunday.

The National Guard will render these honors in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Jim Doyle.

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