Flags at the South Carolina State Capitol Building have been lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in honor of Sergeant First Class Chris Celiz.
Governor Henry McMaster ordered the flags to be at half-staff from sunup until sundown.
“As you look at the flag today and see it at half-staff, please take a moment to remember Sergeant First Class Christopher A. Celiz, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in Afghanistan, and pray for his family and friends as they, and our entire state, mourn his loss,” McMaster tweeted on Wednesday.
The U.S. Army Ranger from Summerville was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. He first enlisted in September 2007.
This was his fifth deployment, according to the U.S. Army.
Celiz will be laid to rest Wednesday afternoon. A memorial service was held at Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah earlier Wednesday.