WHEREAS, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Marc T. Ryan, a lifelong resident of the State of New Jersey, graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1998, where he was captain of the football team; and
WHEREAS, after attending Wesley College for two years, Corporal Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, following in the family tradition established by his father and grandfather; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Ryan served proudly as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps' 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force and was deployed to Afghanistan in the service of his country shortly after the September 2001 terrorist attacks; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Ryan subsequently was deployed to Iraq for two tours of duty before volunteering to return in September 2004 for a third tour of duty; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Ryan was a courageous soldier and a loving son and brother; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Ryan has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while fighting for our country; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Ryan's patriotism and dedicated service to his country makes 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:
- 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 Tuesday, November 23, 2004, in recognition and mourning of U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Marc T. Ryan.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 22nd day of November
in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Four, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.
/s/ Richard J. Codey
/s/ Paul T. Fader
Chief Counsel to the Governor