New York lowers flags to half-staff in honor of soldiers killed in military helicopter crash

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MENDON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on January 21 in honor of the three New York Army National Guard soldiers killed in a military helicopter crash Wednesday evening.

Gov. Cuomo extended his condolences and prayers in a statement he released on Twitter.

Twitter account of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

The governor said he’s devastated by the deaths of the three brave service members.

“I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York’s bravest during a training mission.”

“National Guard members are our citizen soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect both here and abroad, and I extend prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family, loved ones and fellow soldiers of these honorable heroes who we will never forget.”

“I am directing that flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in honor of and in tribute to these New Yorkers who dedicated their service to nation and state.”  

Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York

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