Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Funeral of SPC Tommy Byrd 

From the Arizona Daily Star

If the worth of a man can be measured by the tears shed at his funeral, Tucson Army Spc. Tommy Byrd died very rich for one so young.

More than 500 mourners gathered at a Midtown church on Veterans Day for an anguished goodbye to the 21-year-old soldier killed in action in Iraq.

All the Army traditions aimed at comforting families of the fallen were carried out with military precision: 21 rifle shots, a flag-draped coffin, the awarding of a Purple Heart.

But Byrd's loved ones were inconsolable as the rituals unfolded, their sobs filling the cavernous room and echoing down the packed church halls.

Holding her husband's flag, Mykel Byrd kisses his coffin. Tommy Byrd's funeral took place at the Central Church of the Nazarene, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery & Memorial Park. In background is Noah Pincusoff, who served with Byrd in Iraq. David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

Soldier's Mom has a heartfelt and moving account of SPC Byrd's funeral. Byrd was a friend and fellow Soldier of her son, Noah.

Read her account here. It is required reading.

Thanks to Matt at BlackFive for his post.


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