WHEREAS, Army Specialist Ryan T. Baker, a
resident of the State of New Jersey, graduated from Pemberton High School in
WHEREAS, Specialist Baker subsequently
enlisted in the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Baker served proudly as a member of the U.S.
Army's elite 101st Airborne Division, and was deployed to Iraq in
the service of his country; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Baker was a courageous
soldier, a loving son and a devoted father; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Baker has made the
ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while fighting for our
WHEREAS, Specialist Baker'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, 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 Thursday, November 20, 2003, in recognition and
mourning of Army Specialist Ryan T. Baker.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
under my hand and seal this
the Year of Our Lord,
Two Thousand and Three, and
of the Independence of the
United States, the Two
Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.
James E. McGreevey
Michael R. DeCotiis
Counsel to the Governor