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Flags to be lowered for fallen soldier

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DES MOINES (KWWL)--- Governor Chet Culver has ordered that all flags in Iowa be flown at half staff on Thursday, June 24 from 8 a.m. until sunset in honor of Spc. Christopher Opat.

Spc. Opat, 29, died on June 15 in Baqubah, Iraq. The incident is still under investigation. He was assigned to Troop D, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Spc. Opat graduated from Crestwood High School in 2000, and earned an Associate's degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2003, completed basic and Advanced Individual Training, and was previously stationed at Babenhausen, Germany. He was serving his third tour for Operation Iraqi Freedom at the time of his death.

Funeral services for Spc. Opat will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 24 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco, with burial in the Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in rural Elma.  Family will greet friends on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Heritage Event Center at 232 3rd Ave. W. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to Services on Thursday at the Notre Dame Church 223 2nd Ave. E.

The U.S. flag flown over the State Capitol on the day of Spc. Opat's funeral will be presented to his family at a later date.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek

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