WHEREAS, United States Army Private Charles Yi Barnett was raised in Sykesville, Maryland, and his father has resided in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for many years; and
WHEREAS, Private Barnett enlisted in the United States Army after attending Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Maryland; and
WHEREAS, Private Barnett was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and
WHEREAS, Private Barnett was a dedicated soldier as well as a loving son, step-son, brother, and friend, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family and fellow soldiers; and
WHEREAS, Private Barnett died near Baghdad, Iraq, during a time of war while serving as a member of the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, Private Barnett’s love for his family and friends, his patriotism, and dedicated service to his country and his fellow soldiers make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mourn and remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, 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 Wednesday, December 3, 2008, in recognition and mourning for a son of New Jersey and a brave and loyal American, United States Army Private Charles Yi Barnett.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal
1st day of December,
Two Thousand and Eight, and of
Independence of the United
States, the Two
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Edward J. McBride, Jr.
Chief Counsel to the Governor