Governor orders flags flown at half-staff
Governor John Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in honor of Private First Class Cody Patterson. PFC Patterson was a proud Army Ranger dedicated to serving his country, said Governor Kitzhaber. His commitment to his fellow soldiers and personal courage is inspiring, and his death is a tragic loss. I ask all Oregonians to pause this Sunday and recognize his legacy of service and sacrifice. PFC Patterson, 24, of Philomath, died October 6, in Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised devise. He was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.