Flags ordered lowered Thursday

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout Michigan on Thursday to honor the late Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven, a former Plainwell resident who died last month of injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.
Tribune Staff
Feb 5, 2013

Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday.

Schoonhoven, 38, died Jan. 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Houston, Texas, from wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device on Dec. 15, 2012, in Kabul.

Schoonhoven was a motor transport operator assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo. He previously served in the 82nd Airborne Division. 

He was serving his fifth tour of duty when he was wounded. 

“On behalf of the entire state, I extend heartfelt condolences to Sgt. Schoonhoven’s wife, Tammie, their six children and his entire family during this difficult time,” Snyder said. “We will forever remember the great sacrifice Sgt. Schoonhoven made in service to his country.”

Schoonhoven attended Plainwell High School and joined the Army in 2006. He completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.

Visitation for Schoonhoven is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

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