Half-Staff Alert - September 20, 2019
For Iowa Only
Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 20, 2019 to honor a fallen U.S. soldier.
Army Pvt. Laurel W. Ebert, of Blairstown, Iowa, was last seen on November 26, 1942 as his nine-person unit dispatched to clear an enemy position in the Australian territory of Papua (now Papua New Guinea). Six members of the patrol, including Ebert, failed to return and were subsequently listed as missing in action. His remains were eventually recovered and interred in the Manila American Cemetery as unknown in 1947, later identified in July 2019.
Private Ebert will be buried with full military honors.
September 20, 2019
Grace Lutheran Church
100 Locust St SW
**Graveside services will immediately follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by the United States Army**
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.
**When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
Click here for Ebert’s personnel profile and obituary.
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