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Cuomo directs flags to half-staff

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of a New York soldier who died in Afghanistan on March 26.


Staff Sgt. William R. Wilson III of Getzville, Erie County, died in Paktika province as a result of wounds from small arms fire. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, based in Grafenwoehr, Germany.


“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Staff Sgt. Wilson,” Cuomo said in a release. “We will always be grateful for the service and dedication of this New York soldier.”


Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.