Missouri Governor orders flags to half-staff to honor fallen Wentzville Marine

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Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz

ST. LOUIS- On the day Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz is laid to rest, Missouri and American flags in the state of Missouri have been ordered to fly at half-staff, according to a proclamation issued today by Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

Schmitz was killed August 26 in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. forces were evacuating personnel from the country ahead of a formal pullout from the war there.

A 30-mile stretch of highways in the St. Louis area will be closed Thursday as a funeral procession for Schmitz makes its way from St. Charles to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday paid tribute to Schmitz with a moment of silence during the annual veto session.

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