Navajo President Shelly Orders Navajo Flag Lowered to Commemorate a Navajo Marine

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By Cindy Yurth / Navajo Times

Feb. 26, 2012

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has ordered that the Navajo Nation flag be lowered through Friday to honor a U.S. Marine from Kayenta who died Feb. 22 during combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan so ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff. 

Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, 34, wa assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7 with the 1st Marine Division.

He is the 13th Navajo to be killed in action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Shelly’s office.

“The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a warrior who gave his life defending freedom,” Shelly said in a press release.

“We are saddened by the loss of our warrior and we offer our prayers to the faiuly duering rthis difficult time.

Brewer’s office also issued a statement: “As we pay respect and tribute to him, let this tragedy serve as a reminder of the peril our men and women in uniform encounter on a daily basis. Let us never take for granted the daily sacrifices made by our troops and their families.”

According to Shelly’s office, Davis was a valued member of the Kayenta community who is remembered for helping to bring home two state high school basketball championships in the late 1990s.

Funeral services are pending an autopsy. Flags will also be lowered on the day of his funeral.