More than 100 people packed into the Kelso Eagles Lodge yesterday, taking part in the Celebration of Life for Army Specialist Mikayla Bragg of Longview. Her father, Steve Bragg says that the community support since she was killed in Afghanistan has been amazing; he also says that people seem to understand what a great person that his daughter was. Yesterday’s event featured readings from Scripture, along with representatives from local veterans groups, thanking Bragg for her service and pledging their camaraderie. Longview School Superintendent Suzanne Cusick and Mark Morris High School Principal Rod McHattie also offered remarks; Cusick says that Bragg is remembered with “great fondness,” appreciating her sacrifice while noting that her own daughter is stationed in Afghanistan. McHattie says he and other staff members at the school remember Bragg’s “sweet smile,” also calling her a “wonderful daughter and outstanding student.” Classmates from Mark Morris noted how Bragg could always get people out of a funk, soothing people when they were down and getting them to laugh. Memorial services for Bragg are planned tomorrow at 1 pm, to be held at Christian Faith Center in Federal Way. More than a thousand people are expected to attend that event. The public ceremony will be followed by a private event at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, where Bragg’s remains will be interred with full military honors.