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Flags in Elkhart to fly at half-staff to honor soldier killed in Afghanistan

Flags will fly at half-staff in Elkhart in honor of an Elkhart soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Posted on Dec. 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 21, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

ELKHART — Mayor Dick Moore has ordered all city flags in Elkhart to fly at half-staff beginning Monday morning, Dec. 23, to honor an Elkhart soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan last week.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams died with five other soldiers on Tuesday, Dec. 17, when the helicopter they were on crashed.

“(Staff Sgt.) Williams was one who drew a line in the sand in defense of his country and to free other people from tyranny, terror and oppression,” Moore said in a statement Saturday, Dec. 21. “We recognize the cost and how much we owe to (Staff Sgt.) Williams and his family.”

Flags will remain at half-staff in Elkhart until after internment. Moore added that he will request an order from the governor’s office to lower the federal and state flags as well.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called Williams an “exemplary Hoosier soldier” and “an American hero.”


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