WHEREAS, United States Marine Corps Corporal Sean P. Kelly, a resident of New Jersey, graduated from Pitman High School in 2000, where he was a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps shortly after graduation, following in the family tradition established by his father, grandfather and older brother and planned to make a career of his service in the Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Kelly proudly served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps' 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country in October 2004; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Kelly was a courageous Marine, and a loving son, brother and husband; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Kelly has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while serving our Nation; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Kelly's patriotism and dedicated service to his country make 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, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting 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:
- The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Thursday, February 3, 2005, in recognition and mourning of United States Marine Corps Corporal Sean P. Kelly.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 2nd day
of February in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Five, and of the Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.
/s/ Richard J. Codey
/s/ Mark J. Fleming
Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor