Half-Staff Alert for September 15, 2017
For Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder today has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday, Sept. 15 on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Marine Corps Private First Class Michael P. Giannattasio, who died Aug. 30, 2017.

"Michael's passing serves as a reminder of the great sacrifices our servicemen and women make to ensure our safety and freedom," Snyder said. "We join his family, fellow service members and community in mourning his loss and pay tribute to his service to our country."

Michael enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 2017. He completed basic training in April 2017 with Platoon 3028, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, South Carolina, where he earned the company's highest physical fitness and combat fitness score. He was then assigned to Reconnaissance Training Company, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full staff on Saturday, Sept. 16.

**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.

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