Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Nielson
July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2011 until 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011 in honor of United States Army Captain Matthew Nielson, 27, formerly of Jefferson, Iowa.
Capt. Nielson was killed in action on Contingency Operating Logistics base Shocker while deployed to Iraq for Operation New Dawn. Capt. Nielson was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas.
The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.