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;
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:
- 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.
- 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