As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Northborough lost a son in the Afghan war last week. Army Specialist Brian K. Arsenault was killed in action in Afghanistan.
I’ve just learned that Southborough has already lowered its flags in his honor. They will remain lowered until after his funeral (a date yet to be announced).
Specialist Arsenault was a Northborough native and ’04 graduate from Algonquin Regional High School. He was killed in battle on Thursday night.
The Boston Globe wrote:
An Army paratrooper with the famed 82d Airborne Division, remembered for his genteel manner, wit, and determination to be a soldier, was killed by gunfire this week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday.
Specialist Brian K. Arsenault was killed about 9 p.m. Thursday as his unit was engaged in small-arms fire with enemy combatants in the city of Ghazni, according to his family and the Department of Defense.
The 28-year-old had enlisted in 2011, and his tour in Afghanistan was scheduled to end in November. (read more)
No word has been issued from the state on flag lowering yet. But our town made its own decision after news of the tragedy.
Commander Steve Whynot of Southborough’s VFW wrote:
Flags have been lowered and will remained lowered as the Town of Southborough stands with our neighbors from Northborough in mourning the loss of this young man.
They will be returned to Full Staff at dusk on the day of his funeral.
There is full support by our BOS and Veterans and great appreciation by those from Northborough as we stand alongside them and the Arsenault family.
We did not – and would not wait until it was “declared” from the State House. As they say – “We take care of our own”.
No funeral arrangements have been published yet. When I learn of them, I’ll be sure to share them. (If you see them before I do, feel free to alert me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes, blog readers are my best sources.)
Updated (9/10/14 11:17 am): Tomorrow is also a day of rememberance for the victims of September 11, 2001. Flags will also be at half mast for that across the state (and I’m sure the country).