Flags lowered to half-staff today, Sept. 7

FlagGovernor Inslee has directed that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including school districts, be lowered to half-staff today, September 7, in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, Calif. Thompson died in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when an IED detonated.

Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset today, September 7. Funeral services are scheduled to be held this afternoon in Lacey, Wash.