Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a measure Sunday to ensure that the flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of fallen soldiers are presented to the loved ones of the deceased.
Under the new law, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs will create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentation Program,” where if a governor orders the U.S. and New York flags to be lowered to half-staff, in honor of a member of the armed services, the family of the fallen service member will be given the flag without cost.
Lt. Col. Clark, a native of Guilderland, was a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army when he was killed June 8 in Afghanistan. The new law takes effect immediately.
The governor also signed the following bills designating portions of New York state highways in honor of fallen soldiers. State Route 23 in Delaware County from the eastern to western boundaries of the town of Davenport will be designated the “Davenport Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway.” The designation will memorialize the recently deceased members of the VFW Post #487 who served in Korea and fought in World War II, as well as the many veterans residing in the town of Davenport.
A portion of state Route 97 from the border of the town of Hancock to the Delaware/Sullivan County line will be designated the “Hancock Veterans Memorial Highway.” The town of Hancock has lost two soldiers in the Iraq War, as well as others in previous wars and conflicts.