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(Publisher’s note: Since I always wonder why flags are at half-staff, I thought you might like to know, too.)

Fairgrounds flag at half staff

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2ndClass David J. Warsen, of Kentwood, on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, Aug. 31.

Warsen, 27, died Aug. 16 in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to a West Coast-based naval special warfare unit.

“Petty Officer Warsen will forever be remembered for his great sacrifice as a devoted Navy SEAL,” said Snyder. “I extend my sincere condolences to his many friends, fiancée, Karlyn, and entire family.”

Warsen was a graduate of East Kentwood High School. He joined the Navy in March 2009, and his tour in Afghanistan was set to end Oct. 1. Warsen and his fiancée were planning a Dec. 8 wedding.


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