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Governor orders flags at half-staff in honor of Pfc. Clark

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty has ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state from sunrise until sunset on Sunday in honor and remembrance of Pfc. Ryane Clark of New London.

The governor's order salutes Clark as a hero who died in his country's service on Oct. 4 in Shekhabad, Afghanistan.

Funeral services for Clark will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the New London-Spicer High School gymnasium in New London.

He was a member of the 57th Sapper Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, U.S. Army. The 2007 NLS High School graduate had enlisted in the National Guard in 2008, before joining the Army.

States the governor's order: "The State of Minnesota recognizes Private First Class Ryane G. Clark for his dedicated service to and sacrifice for the people of this country with our deepest gratitude, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community.''