An executive order honoring Operation Desert Storm's commander, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, ordered flags to fly at half staff in honor of the New Jersey native, who died Dec. 27.
Jan. 2, all flags will fly at half staff. Gov. Chris Christie signed a resolution last week honoring Schwarzkopf.
Manasquan Borough followed suit, announcing it would lower flags around the borough and encouraged others to do so. The executive order was signed Dec. 28, the morning after the 78 year-old general's death.
Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton and lived in Lawrenceville for a portion of his celebrated life. His children grew up in Englishtown and his father was a founding superintendent of New Jersey State Police.
General Schwarzkopf earned three Silver Stars for valor, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and three Distinguished Service Medals for his service in Vietnam. He also commanded the international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's
forces out of Kuwait in 1991; Schwarzkopf retired a year later and went on to write a best-selling autobiography.
A copy of the resolution is attached to this article.