Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Longview Soldier

LONGVIEW, Wash. – Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of a Longview soldier who died Dec. 20 while serving in Afghanistan.

     A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kelso Eagles for 21-year-old Mikayla A. Bragg. The Army specialist was shot while on guard duty. A military memorial service was held Dec. 29 at Fort Knox, Ky.

     The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/4yTdKe ) Bragg’s father and stepmother, Steven and Amber Bragg, live in Longview. Her mother, Sheyanne Baker, lives in Shelton.