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These images provided by the U.S. Marine Corps show, from left, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pa., Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Del. They were killed on Monday, April 8, 2019, when a roadside bomb hit their convoy near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. (U.S Marine Corps via AP)

(Harrisburg) — Flags at the state Capitol and other state buildings in Pennsylvania will fly at half-staff to honor three U.S. Marines who have ties to Pennsylvania and were killed in the line of duty.

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the flags lowered through sunset Sunday.

Two of the Marines were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Monday. A third Marine, 25-year-old Corporal Robert A. Hendriks, of Locust Valley, N.Y., also died in the blast.

The parents of Staff Sergeant Christopher Slutman live in Windsor Township in York County, and 31-year-old Sergeant Benjamin Hines was a 2006 graduate of Dallastown High School in York County.

The third Marine, a pilot, died March 30 in a helicopter crash during training at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. He was identified as Maj. Matthew Wiegand of Ambler, Montgomery County.

In a statement, Wolf says gratitude should be shown every day to soldiers like Wiegand, Hines and Slutman.