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Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff to honor fallen Korean War soldier

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(KWWL) — Iowa Governor Reynolds has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff on Monday, June 14th, 2021 to honor Army Cpl. Eldert J. Beek of Sibley, Iowa.

Cpl. Beek was reported killed in action in late 1950 during the Korean War when his unit was attacked on December 1st, 1950 near the Chosin reservoir, North Korea.

After the 2018 summit, North Korea turned over 55 boxes purported to contain remains of American service members killed in the Korean War.

Cpl. Beek will be buried with full military honors by the Iowa National Guard on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in George, Iowa. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. 

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect. 

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