The library's flags are flying at half-staff today to honor the memory of Army Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly of Flint. Sgt. Lilly, 25, died June 14 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Panjwa'l, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on June 12. He was assigned to the 18th Engineer Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
A 2005 graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School, Sgt. Lilly enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation and completed basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he became a combat engineer. He was deployed to Iraq from July 2009 through August 2010, and was serving his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.