Flags at half-staff Saturday for slain Southeast Missouri soldier

Friday, November 25, 2011
James Burnett Jr.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. and state flags will fly at half-staff across Missouri Saturday to honor a soldier from Wayne County who died in Afghanistan.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered that flags at government buildings in all 114 counties and the city of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on Saturday to honor 21-year-old Spc. James Roland Burnett Jr. He died Nov. 16 when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

The governor also ordered the flags at all state buildings in Wayne County be flown at half-staff from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.

Burnett will be buried Saturday in Lowndes in Wayne County on Saturday.

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