Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff

ALBANY, NY (02/08/2011)(readMedia)-- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, February 10, in honor of a Jamestown Marine Corps Reservist who died February 7, in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Aaron M. Swanson died while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment of the 4th Marine Division. His reserve unit is based in Buffalo.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and fellow Marines of Lance Corporal Swanson," Governor Cuomo said. "This young Marine gave his life for our nation and we will honor and remember his service."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of, and in tribute to, our state's service members who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.


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