Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in the state to half-staff this weekend for the burial of an Iowa soldier and the Fallen Firefighters Memorial services. On Saturday, flags at the State Capitol Building, State Capitol Complex, and public facilities throughout the state will be lowered, starting at sunrise, for the burial of Army Private, Donald, E. Brown, of Thompson. Brown was killed in action on July 28, 1944 when his tank was destroyed by enemy fire in France. The 24-year-old was buried at an American military cemetery as an unknown soldier. His remains were identified in 2017 through DNA testing and returned to Thompson for a 3 p.m. burial with full military honors. Flags are to remained lowered through sunset on Sunday, Oct. 7 for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The U.S. Fire Service will pay respects to more than 100 firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff throughout the weekend as a sign of respect.
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