NC gov orders flags lowered after Marine accident

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is reversing course and ordering flags lowered statewide in honor of the seven Camp Lejeune Marines who died in a training explosion last month in Nevada. 

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/ZFSuqv ) that McCrory plans to attend a memorial service at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday and has ordered flags lowered that day. 

The order reverses an earlier decision by his office to not lower the flags. A statement from McCrory's office released following the deaths said there was no "precedent for lowering flags for tragic military accidents." 

The training incident occurred on March 18 when a 60 millimeter mortar tube exploded during a field exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. The blast also wounded seven Marines and a sailor.
 

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