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6/9/07-Longview

Longview Soldier Given Honorary Burial

A Longview soldier who died on the battlefield in Iraq was laid to rest today in his hometown. In a solemn tradition-filled ceremony, sergeant Chad Domino was remembered by his fellow soldiers, family, and hundreds of people who didn't know him, but wanted to show their respect.  Escorted by the patriot guard motorcycle group, the body of army Sgt.  Domino was brought to Lakeview Memorial Gardens, and people from all over Texas came to honor a man they'd never met.

"I have friends that served in Vietnam.  They got spit on for doing the same thing: keeping our freedom," said Marshall visitor Bob Wilkinson.

"We need to be here because he's a hero he's our hero and we're here to represent his family and a hero of our country," said Domino family friend Glenda Johnson.

Cindy Alexander came from Dallas to donate flags to the ceremony.  "Wanted to be here to honor the soldier.  We're burying today Sgt. Domino and just simply honor his memory honor his family," she said.

An army honor guard carried domino to his final resting place, and numerous veterans from world war two to Iraq paid their respects.

"Throughout history we've always remembered the sacrifice that veterans have made to grant us the freedoms we have today.  If people don't learn from the past, the same mistakes will be made in the future," said fellow Iraq army veteran staff sergeant John Kaiser.

"He is a hero and it's a great honor to serve him in this way," said army sergeant Christopher Preston.

He was honored with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.  Sgt. Domino was posthumously presented the purple heart and the bronze star medal for bravery, by the army at grave side services today.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

 

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