Pence orders flags at half-staff to honor Ind. soldier

WISH File Photo (Brett Bensley)
WISH File Photo (Brett Bensley)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Flags at state facilities in Tippecanoe County will be at half-staff on Friday to honor an Indiana soldier and Jeff High School graduate who died at a U.S. Army Post in Georgia over the weekend.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said flags should be at half-staff on Friday, from sinrise to sunset, to honor Army Private Aurek Rardin. Officials said Rardin died Saturday morning after training exercises at Fort Benning. They said he began vomiting and passed out while participating on an overnight march during basic training.

Family members said services are planned. There will be a visitation Friday at Faith Church, 5526 State Road 26, in Lafayette from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (ET). There will also be a visitation Saturday at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., in Casey, Ill from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CT). The memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. (CT) with a Color Guard Graveside presentation.

Rardin was a 2012 graduate of Jeff High School in Lafayette. Rardin had been in the Army for a little more than three months. He was 20 years old. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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