Flags at half-staff for Belgrade Marine

Posted Nov. 11, 2009, at 10:16 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — American and Maine flags are flying at half-staff in memory of Marine Maj. Samuel Leigh. The former Mainer was killed earlier this month when his helicopter crashed with a Coast Guard airplane over the Pacific Ocean.

Services for Leigh, who was from Belgrade, are scheduled for Wednesday.

Wednesday is the second consecutive day flags are at half-staff.

Gov. John Baldacci issued the flag order for Tuesday in honor of the victims of last week’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Baldacci’s order followed President Obama’s order that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff.

Baldacci said Maine joins the entire nation in mourning the loss of life at Fort Hood.