Governor Parson Orders Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff at all Government Buildings in Honor of Sergeant Colin Arslanbas

MAY 3, 2024

 — Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Missouri from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, May 4, 2024, as a mark of respect for Sergeant Colin Arslanbas.

Sergeant Arslanbas was a United States Marine assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, Alpha Company. He was tragically killed in the line of duty while conducting a training exercise off the coast of North Carolina.

“We owe a tremendous debt to those who are willing to put their lives on the line to serve our state and country,” Governor Parson said. “Sergeant Arslanbas was a young Missourian who dedicated his life to serving his fellow man, while earning several commendation medals and advancing to the rank of Sergeant. His dedication to upholding our Constitution and the freedoms we hold dear will never be forgotten. The First Lady and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Sergeant Arslanbas was a 2019 graduate of Fort Zumwalt West High School. His Marine Corps accolades included the Marine Corps' Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

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