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Lewis-McChord soldier laid to rest

Post by Scott Fontaine on March 26, 2010 at 9:54 am |
March 25, 2010 9:55 pm

The Washington Post has a moving article about the burial of Sgt. Anthony A. Paci, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier killed March 4 in Afghanistan.

More than 200 family members and friends turned out for Paci’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, the Post reported. Paci’s death in a Stryker rollover left behind three children, all younger than 3 years old.

From the story:

As members of the Army’s Old Guard fired three volleys, Sgt. Paci’s family and friends drew closer around his wife, three children and parents. The crowd took a few steps closer in support of the immediate members as Brig. Gen. Mark Milley presented a flag to Erica Paci. Another flag was presented to Helene and Leo Paci.

The crowd drew tighter when it was time to present flags to the Paci children.

Members of the Old Guard dropped to their knees and leaned over to the children, handing off the flags to a family member because the children’s hands were too small to hold them.

A baby’s cry floated over the grave site.

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