Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings across New York be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, in honor of Depew, New York resident Army Sergeant 1st Class Raymond J. Munden, who died Monday, February 16, 2009, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
Sergeant 1st Class Munden, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died when struck by enemy fire.
“On behalf of all residents of the State of New York, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Sergeant 1st Class Raymond J. Munden. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this time of mourning,” said Governor Paterson. “The United States of America is forever indebted to the soldiers and service members who sacrifice their lives for their country. Sergeant 1st Class Munden’s service and sacrifice will never be forgotten”
Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor and tribute to our State’s service members who are killed in action.