Gov. Nixon orders flags to half-staff in honor of fallen soldier

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on June 28 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Jeremy A. Katzenberger.

Staff Sergeant Katzenberger, age 26, of Weatherby Lake, was a soldier in the United States Army serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was killed on June 14 by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

In addition, Gov. Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Platte County be flown at half-staff from June 27 to July 3.

"Staff Sergeant Katzenberger served our country with bravery and dedication as a soldier in the United States Army, and I ask all Missourians to remember his sacrifice when they see the lowered flags," Gov. Nixon said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn for him."

Photo provided by the U.S. Army