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10-5-07 Oconee Soldier and Family honored for Supreme Sacrifice in Iraq

(Oconee) Fire Department personnel blocked intersections with Fire Trucks to facilitate the procession. Nobody seemed to mind. Some folks traveling along the road stopped and stood at attention. Some people saluted, many held flags and many stood in silence. .. Josh Reeves Memorial Fund for Leslie and Jackson Reeves at Regions Bank, any location. .

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October 5, 2007

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Oconee Soldier and Family honored for Supreme Sacrifice in Iraq

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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I first learned of Joshua Reeves death at the Athens Banner-Herald Online edition.    I printed the article and Betty and I read it and discussed it.I did not know Joshua but Betty remembered the family and some of his siblings in the school system where she worked for 16 years as a Para-professional.

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We were very saddened to learn the news.   As more details emerged on the young man, his parents, his young wife and new son, we felt more sadness and grief.

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On Friday Night, September 28, 2007, we became aware of plans of the Oconee Volunteer Fire Department to show respect as the family procession left Brookwood Subdivision, moved along Mars Hill Road, the Oconee Connector and Jennings Mill Road enroute to the funeral.   Firemen had bought some small flags for folks to wave as they planned to stand on road shoulders as the family procession passed along Oconee County roads.

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Betty and I immediately planned to be there at the time given in the email notice.We felt this was a small gesture of sympathy and appreciation that our community could show this family.

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The procession consisted of deputy cars, Patriot Guard motorcycle escort, two family cars and more deputy cars.   Fire Department personnel blocked intersections with Fire Trucks to facilitate the procession.Nobody seemed to mind.Some folks traveling along the road stopped and stood at attention.Some people saluted, many held flags and many stood in silence.

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The loss of Joshua Reeves was a sad & poignant event.   Joshua was obviously a fine young man whose death will always be remembered by friends and family.   The Oconee County community will also long remember this loss and the community response.

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We extend our sympathy and appreciation to the family of Joshua Reeves.

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Persons wanting to make a tangible connection are encouraged to donate to the Josh Reeves Memorial Fund for Leslie and Jackson Reevesat Regions Bank, any location.Two locations are in the Athens area:Regions Bank, 3153 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606; and 2009 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30606.800-734-4667.

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Procession crossing GA 316 @ Oconee Connector on Saturday morning, September 29, 2007

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Flags were waving along Oconee Connector


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The Athens Banner-Herald - September 30, 2007

http://onlineathens.com/stories/093007/news_20070930079.shtml

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Final farewell for fallen soldier

Funeral a display of patriotism for one who defined it

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By Merritt Melancon

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Dozens of American flags lined Whitehead and Tallassee roads Saturday as the funeral procession for Cpl. Joshua Reeves wound its way to his final resting place.

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Family members said Reeves, who was raised in Watkinsville, would have loved the patriotism shown by his friends and neighbors during the past week. Those who loved him most found comfort in knowing that people believe in the values that Reeves pledged to protect.

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Reeves was killed last Saturday, at the age of 26, when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee while on patrol in Baghdad. The day before, his wife, Leslie, gave birth to their first son, Joshua Jackson Reeves, at a hospital in Nashville.

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At Evergreen Memorial Park, the Army presented Reeves' parents, Wanda and James Reeves, with their son's Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal in recognition of his service. He was, "an example of what all American soldiers should strive to achieve," one of the officers said at the service.

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Supporters gathered en masse along Whitehead and Tallassee roads and in the parking lots of restaurants and shopping centers as the 150-car funeral procession made its way to the cemetery. American flags hung from baby carriages and fire trucks, while flag poles along the route waved the banner from half staff.

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A Patriot Guard of 72 motorcycles escorted the procession……………….

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MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON ATHENS BANNER-HERALD WEBSITE

http://onlineathens.com/multimedia/galleries/093007SoliderFuneral/index.html

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SEE GALLERY:093007 Solider Funeral

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For more Oconee Coverage, See Oconee Leader 10.3.07 Edition

http://www.theoconeeleader.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=242&Itemid=9

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The Oconee Leader

P. O. Box 967

Watkinsville, Georgia30677


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