Monday, October 19, 2009

Spc. Stephan Mace is buried at Arlington Cemetery

Specialist Stephan Mace will be buried today in Arlington National Cemetery.

Mace and seven other soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on their remote outpost in Afghanistan. They were all members of the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Mace had a dream of joining the Army. He told his mother that he would continue his service after his Army stint by joining the Department of Homeland Security or the CIA.

"It was great to the see the kids and the families stand there and when the motorcade crossed the crest of the hill [into town] it was just silence.... It was holy," said Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro. "I think we wanted to say to the Mace family, 'Thank you. We respect what your son has done for us.' "

He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart posthumously.

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