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Marine Remembered for Dedication to Duty, Commitment

Posted: 2009-11-29

A community remembers a high school graduate.

A young man was buried in Vermont yesterday, his football jersey hanging at the front of the church. He is the 15th Vermonter to die in Iraqi since the war began in March 2003.

Funny thing: None of the 900 people gathered to pay tribute said anything about a high school degree being useless, about whether this young man mastered algebra and calculus. They talked instead about his talent at putting together model airplanes and his talent at football.

This young man graduated from high school in 2003, joined the Marines, and was sent to Iraq last summer.

Gov. Jim Douglas and U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., led the delegation of official mourners. Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville, the head of the Vermont National Guard, was there, too.

The governor said that this young man "was a shining example of whom Vermonters will be ever proud."

High school graduates do have their uses to this administration. Ask any military recruiter.

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