Flags at half-staff on Monday for Marine’s funeral

Posted Aug. 23, 2009, at 10:42 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. John Baldacci has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday for the funeral of Marine killed in Afghanistan.

The funeral for Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard, of New Portland is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church in Madison. Bernard was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

The defense department says Bernard died Aug. 14 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, where thousands of Marines securing parts of the Taliban stronghold.