County executive Louws orders flags flown at half-staff

Published on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Beginning tomorrow morning, U.S. and Washington state flags at all Whatcom County buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Ferndale Marine who died in Afghanistan.

Whatcom County executive Jack Louws has ordered the flags to be lowered starting Friday, January 27, in memory of 27-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Captain Daniel B. Bartle, of Ferndale. Bartle died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on January 19.

Flags will be kept at half-staff until the morning of Tuesday, January 31. Louws also encouraged all county residents who display U.S. or Washington flags to lower them in honor of Bartle.

Bartle will eventually be honored with the placement of his name on the courthouse memorial wall at the south entrance of the Whatcom County courthouse. County officials will announce plans for a memorial preceding the name placing when they are finalized.

A public motorcade honoring Bartle has been tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, January 28, according to a Bellingham Herald article. Barring any unforeseen delays, the motorcade will start at 1 p.m. at Bellingham Airport and follow Bartle’s body to Westford Funeral Home at 1301 Broadway Street in Bellingham.

A public memorial for Bartle will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, at Ferndale High School.


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