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Governor orders flags to half-staff in honor of Cpl. Michael C. Nolen

A memorial service for the late Cpl. Michael Nolen will be Saturday at Hudson.

MADISON -- Flags at Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other facilities across Wisconsin will fly at half-staff Saturday, July 9, in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Michael C. Nolen of Spring Valley, who died while serving in Afghanistan.

A memorial service and celebration of Nolen's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Teens for Christ, 538 Old Hwy. 35, Hudson. A military burial will follow at Ft. Snelling cemetery.

Nolen, a 2007 graduate of Spring Valley High School, served with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C. The Pentagon said only that he died June 27th during combat operations in Helmand Provice, Afghanistan. His family has declined to comment publicly.

The Guard will render these honors in accordance with Executive Order #38 issued by Gov. Scott Walker which reads:

Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin be Flown at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Corporal Michael C. Nolen of the United States Marine Corps Who Lost His Life While Serving His Country During Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

WHEREAS, Corporal Michael C. Nolen provided faithful and honorable service to the people of the State of Wisconsin and the people of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the people of Wisconsin mourn the death of Corporal Michael C. Nolen; and

WHEREAS, a memorial service will be held for Corporal Michael C. Nolen on July 9, 2011;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SCOTT WALKER, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me by Federal and State law, do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin equipped with such flags beginning at sunrise on Saturday, July 9, 2011, and ending at sunset on that date.