Gov. Chris Christie Friday directed that flags on all state buildings be displayed at half-staff on Tuesday to honor the service and sacrifice of Marine Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes De Oca, who was raised in North Arlington.
Montes De Oca enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduating North Arlington High School and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. De Oca tragically lost his life while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Feb. 10.
The governor also directed that flags be displayed at half-staff on Friday for the late entertainer Whitney Houston, an East Orange native.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM