LANSING – Governor Jennifer Granholm has ordered United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters lowered for one day Friday (April 10th) in honor of Army Sergeant Michael K. Ingram Jr. who died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Flags should be returned to full-staff Saturday, May 1.
Sgt. Ingram, age 23, died April 17 of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Sgt. Ingram was promoted from corporal to sergeant upon his death. He also earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart at the time of his death.
Sgt. Ingram’s family has requested that flags be lowered on Friday, April 30, the day of his funeral service at the Stewart Road Christian Ministries in Monroe. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States 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.
Source: News release from Governor Jennifer Granholm