The flags at all state agency buildings will be lowered today in honor of a U.S. Marine from Ferndale who was killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.
Marine Corp. Capt. Daniel B. Bartle, 27, died after a helicopter crash on Jan. 19 in Afghanistan.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered that flags remain at half-staff until the close of business today or first thing Wednesday morning.
Congress amended the U.S. Flag Code to give governors the authority to lower flags when a state resident in the military is killed in the line of duty. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition.