Posted: Aug 9, 2011 8:35 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday in remembrance of two Louisiana Navy Seals killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.
Lt. Com. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, both of Shreveport, were among 30 servicemen, a civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos killed when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Wardak Province, in eastern Agfhanistan.
Jindal says the move is an "appropriate and fitting" tribute to the men to "mark their passing, and to honor their memory."
Reeves, 32, and Kelsall, 33, were childhood friends and both graduated from Caddo Magnet High School.
Assistant principal Bryan Gallant said the school, where classes open Aug. 18, put an "RIP" notice on its marquee, and someone - he didn't know who - put a couple of U.S. flags in a school garden as an impromptu memorial.
He said Kelsall graduated in 1996 and Reeves in 1997.
The families asked the school not to issue any further statement about them, he said.