From the office of the Maryland Secretary of State:
This is to advise you that Governor Martin O’Malley has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag flown at half staff on Thursday, April 7, 2011, from sunrise to sunset. This is in memory of Marine Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski, of Westminster, Maryland, who died on March 20, 2011 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag. Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.