01/04/2012: "Gov. Orders Flags To Half-Staff"
OLYMPIA - Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday, Jan. 5th, Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition.
The order is to honor and in memory of U.S. Army Specialist Mikayla A. Bragg, 21, of Longview.
Specialist Bragg, was killed in Khowst province in Afghanistan on 21st December 2011. According to local news reports, she was shot and killed while on duty in a guard tower.
21-year-old Spc. Bragg served with the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
She joined the Army after graduating from Mark Morris High School in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan in August this year.
She leaves behind her mother Sheyanne Baker, father Steve Bragg, step-mother Amber Bragg, sister Kandyce Bragg, half-brother Allen Davids and half-siblings Joseph Bragg and Ariel, Darien and Julian DeForge.
Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Thursday, or first thing Friday morning, Jan. 6th.
Congress amended the U.S. Flag Code to give governors the authority to lower flags when a state resident in the military is killed in the line of duty. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition.