Michigan Flags to Fly at Half Staff

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered that U.S. flags in Michigan be flown at half-staff Friday to honor a Michigan soldier who was killed in Iraq.

Army Pfc. Charles T. Heinlein Jr., of Hemlock died July 31 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. He was 23.

Two other soldiers died in the incident.

Heinlein was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.


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  • by James Location: Grass Lake on Aug 13, 2007 at 06:38 PM
    Has Granholm attended the funeral of a fallen soldier? She should attend one without her escort service to observe true patriotism.
  • by John Location: Jackson on Aug 13, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    The real credit goes to every soldier who leaves naive and innocent comes back a veteran of war. No one should take credit for this war, except for the one who have served. Everyone should take responsibility to have peace. No one should forget that they died serving their country and protecting our freedom. They are not diplomats or politicians, but veterans representing their country and believing in God, their country, and their family.
  • by angie Location: ovid on Aug 13, 2007 at 02:20 AM
    I love how Granholm takes credit for ordering this flag lowering. My mother is best friends with this heros neighbor, Mary Kay. I just happen to know that after noticing that the flags were not ordered to fly half staff, she personally called everyone she could find the number too of any importance in Michigan to see what could be done to give this man the respect he deserves! Mary Kay tried to call the Gov. but could not find the number, although it is in the phone book. Thank you Granholm for taking credit for something someone else told you needed to be done!
  • by Roger Location: Stockbridge on Aug 9, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    It saddens me that people have grown accustomed to lowering the flag out of ritual and not out of respect. Death of a soldier is not a news event like a local fair, but a moment of time that should be respected.
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