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Flag Honors

Kansas Flag Honors

The State of Kansas’ Flag Honors program pays tribute to the service of Kansas military personnel who are killed in the line of duty, and ensures flag etiquette is consistent throughout the state.

The State of Kansas Flag Honors program, implemented through Executive Order, allows for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff throughout the State of Kansas when a member of the Kansas National Guard is killed in the line of duty; a member of the Kansas Air National Guard is killed in the line of duty; or a Kansas resident serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces is killed in the line of duty.  In each instance, the date the flag would fly at half-staff will be designated by the Governor.

Governor Brownback orders flags lowered on Thursday, Nov. 14 in honor of Sergeant First Class Forrest W. Robertson

by Eileen Hawley | Nov 12, 2013

In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Thursday, Nov. 14, in honor of Sergeant First Class Forrest W. Robertson.  The funeral service for Robertson is set for 11 a.m. Thursday with burial, with full military honors, to follow at Wamego City Cemetery.

Robertson was born in Manhattan, Kan. and attended Rock Creek Jr./Sr. High School before attending Pittsburg State University. The 35-year-old old Robertson was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Sgt. Robertson died Nov. 3 of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol received rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Marcie Lynn Pfrang, their three daughters, his parents Dody and Charles Berg and a large extended family.

“On behalf of the State of Kansas, Lt. Governor Colyer and I extend our deepest sympathies to Sgt. Robertson’s family and friends,” Governor Brownback said. “We offer our deepest gratitude for his service and heartfelt sympathy to his family.”