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Flags on all Idaho state buildings are flying at half-staff today in honor of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. His “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” comment electrified us all as he took that historic step, including me at age 7. Idaho decided to honor Armstrong today in line with a presidential proclamation ordering flags at all U.S. government and military buildings, both in the nation and abroad, to be lowered to half-staff today “as a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong.”
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Idaho plans to fly flags at state government buildings at half-staff through Sunday, to honor a firefighter and a soldier who were recently killed in the line of duty. Anne Veseth, a 20-year-old Moscow woman, died when a tree fell and struck her last Sunday while she was working to contain a wildfire near Orofino. And 22-year-old Spc. Ethan J. Martin of Bonners Ferry and Lewiston died on Aug. 7 in Afghanistan after being wounded by small-arms fire when his unit was attacked. Veseth and Martin are being interred by their families on Saturday. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's spokesman Mark Warbis said on Wednesday that the lowered flags beginning on Thursday would pay tribute to Veseth and Martin and their sacrifices.