Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, Oct. 29, in honor of Pfc David R. Jones Jr. of Saint Johnsville, who died of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident on Oct. 24 in Baghdad, Iraq, and on Nov. 3 to honor rmy Sgt. Michael D. Kirspel Jr. died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, Oct. 29, in honor of Pfc David R. Jones Jr. of Saint Johnsville, who died of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident on Oct. 24 in Baghdad, Iraq, and on Nov. 3 to honor rmy Sgt. Michael D. Kirspel Jr. died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.


"This fine, young man died while in service to his comrades and his country. Though we mourn his passing, we will honor his service, his dedication and his memory," Paterson said.


On Nov. 3, lowered flags will honor a Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on Oct. 27. Kirspel died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery (Strike), 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum.


"Though not a native New Yorker, we consider all those who serve at Fort Drum to be part of our New York family. We will honor his service and his dedication to duty while we grieve," Paterson said.


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