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Flags to be lowered honoring fallen Illinois Guardsmen     Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 7, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued a proclamation Monday directing all state facilities to start lowering their flags to half-staff on the day of the funeral for any Illinois National Guardsman killed in the line of duty.

"These brave men and women are willing to put their lives on the line for the sake of the state of Illinois and our nation," said Blagojevich. "This gesture will show our honor and respect for citizen soldiers and airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom."

Under the governor's proclamation, all state facilities will lower flags to half-staff on the day the funeral is conducted for an Illinois National Guard member who dies in combat. In the past, flags at state armories were lowered when a guardsman was killed in action. This measure expands the practice to include every state facility.

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The recommendation for the statewide flag-lowering policy came from Paul Vogel of suburban Barrington.

In August, Gov. Blagojevich dedicated a state Global War on Terrorism Memorial. The names of all fallen Illinois service members -- active, Guard and Reserve -- are placed on this memorial in honor of their sacrifice. The memorial is on temporary display at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln in Springfield until the war on terrorism ends and a permanent display location is designated.

[News release from the governor's office]

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