State of New Jersey
Executive Order #26

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey

WHEREAS, United States Army Captain Sean Grimes, the beloved son of Mary Grimes of Dover, New Jersey, and Donald P. Grimes of Southfield, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University, with a B.S. degree in nursing; and

WHEREAS, Captain Grimes enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1997 and served as a physician's assistant and an Army nurse; and

WHEREAS, Captain Grimes graduated from the Army's Air Assault Course and from the Army's Airborne School; and

WHEREAS, Captain Grimes proudly served as a member of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country; and

WHEREAS, Captain Grimes was a courageous soldier, and a loving son and brother; and

WHEREAS, Captain Grimes has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while serving our nation, and has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Medic Badge posthumously; and

WHEREAS, Captain Grimes' 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 Tuesday, March 15, 2005, in recognition and mourning of United States Army Captain Sean Grimes.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 14th 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