By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
An American flag that flew over Afghanistan is on display at the London Public Library.
SPC Joseph Harris, 21, a London resident stationed with the National Guard in Afghanistan, sent the flag to the London Police Department.
Harris is a 2010 graduate of London High School. While in school, he participated in the Explorers program through the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. After graduation, he completed the police program at Columbus State Community College, including an internship with the London Police. The department commissioned Harris as an auxiliary officer in April, shortly before he was deployed to Afghanistan for a year.
“The flag is his way of saying thanks for the internship with us,” said London Police Chief David Wiseman.
The flag was flown on June 26 aboard an aircraft on a combat mission in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It also was flown on July 4 over Bagram, where Harris is stationed. His assignment is with the military police.
The flag is preserved in a wood-framed glass case and will remain on display at the library until it is returned to the police department. Harris served as a page at the library while in high school.
The library is located at 20 E. First St., London. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday. For more information, call (740) 852-9543.