Thousands lined the country roads in this rural community. Children, dismissed from school that day, waved American flags as their community's native son, Damon Winkleman, passed by in a funeral procession four miles long. Hundreds of mourners — family, church members and friends — had just attended a memorial service at St. John Lutheran Church, Lakeville (McZena), Ohio, where Damon had served as an acolyte and was voted Luther League president.
|Sgt. Maj. Richard Winkleman, member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lakeville, Ohio, stands with a photo of his son Damon, who was killed in action in 2009.|
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