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Executive Order #123

Governor James E. McGreevey

WHEREAS, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Vincent Sullivan, a native of the State of New Jersey, graduated from Chatham High School in 1999, where he was a member of the wrestling and track teams; and

WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Sullivan subsequently enlisted in the United States Marines following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; and

WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Sullivan served proudly as a member of the U.S. Marines, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country in 2003; and

WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Sullivan returned home on leave and was married to his high school sweetheart Erika in December 2003, before being sent back to Iraq to help counter a growing insurgency; and

WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Sullivan was a courageous soldier, and a loving son, husband, and brother; and

WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Sullivan has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while fighting for our country; and

WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Sullivan's patriotism and dedicated service to his country makes him a hero and a true role model for all Americans and, therefore, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark his passing and to honor his memory.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Tuesday, August 3, 2004 in recognition and mourning of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Vincent Sullivan.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 3rd day
of August in the Year of Our Lord, Two
Thousand and Four, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.

/s/ James E. McGreevey



/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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