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Governor orders flags to be lowered to honor Elk Ridge soldier

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 10:24 a.m. MDT

Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALEM, Utah County — Spc. Cody Towse will be laid to rest Saturday, and the governor has asked that flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff in his honor.

The Elk Ridge soldier was killed while serving in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near him and his team May 14. His body was returned to his family Wednesday amidst an outpouring of love and patriotism from friends and strangers alike.

"On behalf of a grateful state and nation, we offer heartfelt thanks for his noble service and extraordinary sacrifice," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement released Thursday. "He will be dearly missed but never forgotten."

Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday.

Funeral services for Cody Towse will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem Hills High School, 150 Skyhawk Blvd.

The family has set up the Cody Towse Memorial Scholarship Fund. Those who want to donate can go to any Wells Fargo Bank branch, Cody's Tropical Sno Shave Ice Shack, 495 N. Main, Springville, or at any PartyLand store in Lehi, Orem, Springville and St. George.

Donations can also be made through PayPal on the Cody Towse Facebook page.

— McKenzie Romero

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