Sunday, April 30, 2006
April: Deadliest Month of the War
Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death Modesto Marine
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Lance Cpl. Aaron Simons of Modesto:
"Lance Cpl. Simons fell in battle, giving his life in service to this nation. His sacrifice is a testament to the courage and character of the brave men and women of the United States Marine Corps. We owe Aaron and his fellow Marines a debt of gratitude we can never repay for their dedication to United States. Maria and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Aaron's family as they mourn the loss of a brave young man and a noble Californian."
Simons, 20, died April 24 of injuries sustained while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA.
In honor of Lance Cpl. Simons, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.