Flags fly at half-staff in memory of Spokane soldier - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Flags fly at half-staff in memory of Spokane soldier

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyons U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyons

SPOKANE, Wash. - Governor Gregoire directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Wednesday in memory of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyons of Spokane.

Lyons, a pilot and a Tactical Operations Officer, was killed in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was in crashed.

A total of seven U.S. Army Soldiers died in the crash.

Lyons was one of 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan who were honored by President Obama at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when the president made a midnight trip there to honor their return in late October.

President Obama also met privately with the families of the dead in a base chapel and witnessed the solemn process of transferring remains of 15 soldiers and three Drug Enforcement Agency agents.

Chief Warrant Officer Lyons is survived by his son John, his parents John and Nuala Lyons and his brother Kevin.

Other government entities, residents and businesses are encouraged lower their flags to half-staff as well.

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