Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, July 16, 2009, in honor of a Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on July 9, 2009.
Spec. Joshua R. Farris of La Grange, Texas, died in Wardak Province of wounds he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division.
“I speak for all New Yorkers when I say that we will forever honor the service this young soldier gave to our nation,” said Gov. Paterson. “He was not a native New Yorker, but we consider all soldiers stationed at Fort Drum to be one of our own. On behalf of the people of this State I extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Spec. Farris.”
Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the State’s service members who are killed in action.