LITTLE ROCK — State and American flags will be flown at half-staff Saturday in tribute to a soldier from Booneville who died in Afghanistan, Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday.

The governor proclaimed that flags will be lowered to honor Army Sgt. Joseph Alvin Richardson, 23, who died Nov. 16 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, when rebels attacked his unit.

He is survived by his wife, Ashley M. Richardson, who lives in Manhattan, Kan.