WHEREAS, United States Army Specialist Brian M. Connelly was raised in Union Beach, New Jersey and graduated from Red Bank Regional High School in 2000; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Connelly enlisted in the United States Army after attending Brookdale Community College; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Connelly was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, Task Force 1-6, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Connelly was a dedicated soldier as well as a loving son, husband, brother, and friend, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family and fellow soldiers; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Connelly died near Adhamiya, Iraq, during a time of war while serving as a member of the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Connelly’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 Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in recognition and mourning for a son of New Jersey and a brave and loyal American, United States Army Specialist Brian M. Connelly.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 6th
day of March, Two Thousand and Nine,
and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Thirty-third.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ William J. Castner, Jr.
Chief Counsel to the Governor