Gov. Snyder Orders Flags Lowered Monday for Michigan Marines Killed in Crash [Video]
After public outcry, Gov. Snyder has ordered flags are to be lowered to half staff on Monday, March 30, to honor the three U.S. Marine Staff Sergeants killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida.
Originally, Snyder had been sticking to the state's flag protocol which says that flags are to be lowered for soldiers who are killed during combat. Because the Marines were killed in a training exercise, policy dictated that flags not be lowered. This did not sit well with the public, especially Veterans, Fox 17 reports.
Snyder has since then reversed that decision, saying he wants to review long-standing flag protocols, which were developed with input from Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, to determine if there should be changes. In a post to the Governor's Facebook page, Snyder says that U.S. flags within the state Capitol Complex and on all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 30, 2015, to honor the service and sacrifice of service members killed during a training exercise in early March, including three Marines from Michigan: Staff Sergeants Marcus Bawol of Warren, Trevor Blaylock of Lake Orion and Andrew Seif of Holland.
Here is the Governor's full Facebook post: