State of New Jersey
Executive Order #24

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey

WHEREAS, United States Army Private First Class Min Soo Choi, a resident of New Jersey, graduated from Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale in 2003, where he was a member of the varsity golf team; and

WHEREAS, PFC Choi completed a semester at John Jay College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in the summer of 2004, with the goal of becoming a United States citizen and an FBI agent; and

WHEREAS, PFC Choi proudly served as a member of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division's 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country; and

WHEREAS, PFC Choi was a courageous soldier, and a loving son and brother; and

WHEREAS, PFC Choi has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while serving our nation; and

WHEREAS, PFC Choi'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:

  1. 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 Sunday, March 6, 2005, in recognition and mourning of United States Army Private First Class Min Soo Choi.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

    GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 4th day
    of March 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

    Acting Governor



/s/ Mark J. Fleming

Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor