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Friday, November 1, 2019


Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019

Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Saturday, November 2, in honor of World War II U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Thomas J. E. Crotty of Buffalo. Lieutenant Crotty was reported MIA and later died at the Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines in July 1942. His body will be repatriated to the United States and interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Buffalo on November 2.

"We all owe a debt of gratitude to Lieutenant Crotty for his service and making ultimate sacrifice while defending our country to ensure freedom for future generations of New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "To honor Lt. Crotty and his legacy as he is finally and rightfully returned home to Buffalo, I am directing flags to half-staff on all state buildings and on behalf of all New Yorkers, I express our sincerest appreciation for his service."

More information is available on the governor's website.

Submitted by: Peter M Carey