Flags to Be Flown at Half Staff to Honor Service Members

Flags to Be Flown at Half Staff to Honor Service Members Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has ordered all flags to be flown at half staff to honor three service members killed in a helicopter Thursday afternoon.

Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings beginning today at 2:05 p.m. until Monday, December 9, 2019, at 2:05 p.m.

The Minnesota National Guard lost contact with the UH-60 Black Hawk around 2:05 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019, after the helicopter took off from St. Cloud, Minnesota, on a maintenance test flight. The wreckage was found in a tree line near a gravel pit around two hours later.

The names of the crew members have not been released, pending family notification. Representatives from the guard say the names will likely be released Saturday.

Army regulation states that they must wait 24 hours after next of kin notification to make the names public.

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