WHEREAS, United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Harry Swain IV, a resident of New Jersey, graduated from Millville Senior High School in 2001; and
WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Swain enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps shortly after graduation, passing up a college scholarship to fulfill his long-time goal of entering military service, with the hope of eventually becoming a member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team; and
WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Swain proudly served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps' Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, Second Marines, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country for two tours of duty, where he received the Presidential Unit Citation for his performance in battle; and
WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Swain was a courageous Marine, and a loving son and brother; and
WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Swain has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while serving our nation; and
WHEREAS, Lance Corporal Swain'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 Wednesday, February 9, 2005, in recognition and mourning of United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Harry Swain IV.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 8th 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