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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Spc. Rob L. Nichols

DENVER — Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings on Saturday, Aug. 3, in honor of Army Spc. Rob L. Nichols of Colorado Springs. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.


Nichols, 24, was killed in action in Afghanistan on July 23, 2013. He was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, both awarded posthumously.


Nichols graduated from Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs in 2007 and later attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Wyo. He was a member of The American Legion, Centennial Post 209, in Colorado Springs.


Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. in Colorado Springs. A private Rosary will be Friday.


A public funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 N. Carefree Circle in Colorado Springs. A reception will follow at The American Legion, Centennial Post 209, 3613 Jeannine Drive in Colorado Springs.


A private interment will be Monday, Aug. 5.


Nichols is survived by his mother and stepfather, Donna and Bob Ribisi of Colorado Springs; his father, Bruce Nichols of the Denver area; and a brother, Chad Ribisi of Colorado Springs.