Flags ordered to half-staff June 19 in honor of National Guardsman

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – In honor of a Kentucky National Guard soldier who passed away on June 12 and following a request by the Adjutant General of Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 19.

Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Pool died while on active duty and will be laid to rest on June 19 in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Paducah. A veteran of the Iraq War, Pool served 15 years with the Kentucky Army National Guard and had been serving as the readiness noncommissioned officer for the 438th Military Police Company out of Murray.

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The U.S. Flag Code provides that a governor may lower the U.S. flag in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that state who dies while serving on active duty. All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute. Additional flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.