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January 21st, 2010
City flags to fly at half-mast for Peña

STAFF REPORT

To honor the late U.S. Army Captain Paul Peña, who was killed in military action this week in Afghanistan, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz has ordered the San Marcos city flag to be flown at half-mast.

Mayor Narvaiz is working with Governor Rick Perry’s office for an official proclamation to lower the American flag in Peña’s memory, according to official protocol.

“Captain Peña is a true American hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” Narvaiz said. “I urge our community to come together to demonstrate our concern, our support and our gratitude to Captain Peña and to keep his family in our prayers.”

Narvaiz encouraged all San Marcos residents to display the American flag, large or small, in memory of Peña, a graduate of the San Marcos Baptist Academy in 2000 and the West Point Military Academy in 2004.

“I would like to see San Marcos streets lined with American flags in his honor,” Mayor Narvaiz said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Peña, 27, was killed by an improvised explosive device as he travelled in the American Sector of Afghanistan. After serving in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, he was deployed to Afghanistan some time after the summer of 2009.

Peña’s mother, Cecilia Peña, is a long-time music teacher at Kyle Elementary School.

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