Monday, June 21, 2010

Bringing him home

They brought Ben Osborne home today.

Not the way anyone wanted.

The community has done all it can think of to honor his service, honor his sacrifice, and support his family.
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When his hearse passed by our high school this morning, it stopped while taps was played.
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It took 15 minutes for the full procession to pass by: the family and friends, the sheriffs, the firemen, the military escort, the Patriot Riders.
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The official DOD press release reads:
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Spc. Benjamin D. Osborn, 27, of Queensbury, N.Y., died June 15 in Shigalwashheltan district, Konar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
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What it doesn't tell you is that Ben leaves a young wife of 5 months, his parents, three older brothers, one sister, and many friends.


Lake George High School is retiring Ben's former football jersey number, number 40.
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Ben will be buried on Thursday with full military honors.

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Rest in peace, Ben.
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You can find television coverage of Ben's homecoming here and one of many newspaper stories here.
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Photo credits: The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY
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