Va. Designates Day of Mourning for Afghan Victims

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    Aaron Vaughn, of McLean, Va., was one of the Navy SEALs killed.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell designated Friday as a day of mourning in Virginia for the 30 members of the U.S. military who died after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

    Many of the victims were members of a Navy SEAL team based in Virginia Beach.

    McDonnell said the loss of those men has a profound impact on Virginia, home to one of the nation's largest military communities. He has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Friday. It will be one of the few public signs of remorse in the area since the men died.

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    The covert Seal Team Six was thrust into the public spotlight after the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound just a few months ago. News4's Darcy Spencer talks to a Northern Virginia man who founded the team about the tragic loss of more than 30 seals in a helicopter crash.

    The Republican governor is also urging residents to make donations to the Navy SEAL foundation, which is based in Virginia Beach and provides assistance to victims' families.