Stars and Stripes stripes.com 25 Dec, 2020 04:00 am

Fort Drum community gathers to mourn loss of soldier killed in dispute

Fort Drum community gathers to mourn loss of soldier killed in dispute
Fort Drum soldiers and the community came together in Thompson Park on a chilly winter night Wednesday to celebrate the life of a soldier with red hair and bright smile who was known affectionately as "Opie."

(Tribune News Service) — Fort Drum soldiers and the community came together in Thompson Park on a chilly winter night Wednesday to celebrate the life of a soldier with red hair and bright smile who was known affectionately as "Opie.He will miss seeing the young soldier's "bright red hair and almost permanent smile" around the unit.Smith said he knew right away why his friends called him "Opie," referring to the fictional character of a little boy with red hair on the 1960s television program, The Andy Griffith Show.Standing in front of the Climb to Glory monument, Sgt.

Harris will no longer have to deal with the tribulations of life because he was joining the Lord to "the Climb to Glory in Heaven.Smith also made sure mourners know the meaning of the words "Climb to Glory" — Fort Drum's motto — that are prominently displayed on the monument.

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