The following is the Executive Order # 103, signed by acting Governor Kim Guadagno, for all state buildings to the flags to fly at half staff today for United States Army Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz from Lakehurst. Sergeant Gollnitz gave the ultimate sacrifice , as he lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom.


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WHEREAS, United States Army Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz grew up in Fredonia, New York, and was later a resident of Lakehurst, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz graduated from Levant Christian

School in 2003, and soon after joined the United States Navy;

and WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz, after serving in the United States Navy, enlisted in the United States Army; and WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz was assigned to A Troop, 1stSquadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, V Corps, Schweinfurt, Germany; and

WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz was an honorable and courageous man who loved his country and the military; and WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz tragically lost his life while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom; and

WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz was a brave and dedicated soldier as well as a loving son, brother, and father, whosememory lives in the hearts of his family, friends, and fellow soldiers; and WHEREAS, Sergeant Gollnitz’s heroism, patriotism, and service to his country make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him and his family, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY M. GUADAGNO, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby


1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag

of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State


departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during

appropriate hours on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, in recognition

and mourning of a brave and loyal American hero, United States

Army Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz.

2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this

4th day of October,

Two Thousand and Twelve, and

of the Independence of the

United States, the Two

Hundred and Thirty-Seventh.


/s/Kimberly M. Guadagno

Acting Governor


/s/Charles B. McKenna

Chief Counsel to the Governor

Here is the song that Jim always plays for any fallen soldier or for anyone who lost their life on 9/11, it is Mstislav’s Rostropovich’s version of “Stars & Stripes Forever.”