Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM EDT

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Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM EDT

NYS (WKBW/Release) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, December 21, 2012 in honor of a soldier from Baldwin who died Dec. 14 in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39 as assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Bamberg, Germany.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my deepest sympathy to the friends, family, and fellow soldiers of Sgt. 1st Class Lipari," Governor Cuomo said.

"We regret his death but we will remember and honor his service to our nation and his dedication to duty."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state's service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.