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Flags at half-mast honor fallen soldier

Published August 5, 2013

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings—including those at UB—be flown at half-mast on Aug. 6 in honor of a World War II soldier from Frankfort.

Army Sgt. Dominick Licari was last heard from in 1944 when the A-20G Havoc bomber on which he was a gunner crashed into a mountainside in New Guinea. He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942. After numerous search efforts spanning multiple decades, Licari’s remains recently were identified by the U.S. military and are being returned to New York.

“After so many years abroad, the remains of Sgt. Licari are finally coming home,” Cuomo said. “I proudly join with all New Yorkers in remembering his service to our country with gratitude and offer my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of other service members who remain unaccounted for.”

Cuomo has ordered that flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-mast in honor of and tribute to New York service members who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.