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Jeremiah laid to rest, as townspeople pay tribute to fallen soldier

He said that Jeremiah had followed his sense of duty.

"Jeremiah gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could be free," he said. "We take comfort in the hope we will see him again one day."

Organist Patti Cory sang "America The Beautiful" and "Amazing Grace."

As Monroe was carried from the church, Bagpiper Matthew Miller Jr. from Lake Luzerne played. The white-gloved Army personnel from Fort Drum, with precision, slowly carried the casket down the stairs to the awaiting hearse.

As the procession of more than 300 vehicles left the church, they encountered hundreds of people along the route to the cemetery. At the North Warren Central School, the athletic team members, wearing their formal uniforms, stood holding American flags.

At several locations, fire departments had erected flags from their hook and ladder trucks.

On the procession's route past Dynamite Hill, the aerial unit of the Pottersville Fire Dept. had displayed a giant American flag high in the air as a tribute to Monroe.

At the entrance to the hamlet of Brant Lake, a banner had been erected that said "Thank You Jeremiah - Horicon will never forget you," and the Lake George aerial truck had stretched a huge American flag far above state Rte. 9.

Farther on the route at the Horicon Town Hall, the West Glens Falls and Queensbury Central Firefighters had stretched another huge flag across the roadway. On Palisades Road, a backhoe at Palmer Brothers Marina draped a flag from an upraised backhoe bucket.

People came from Burlington, Vermont, and Albany north to give tribute to this fallen soldier.

At the Underwood Cemetery, Chaplain Esselle said a few prayers. The Bagpiper played and the Fort Drum honor guard fired their rifles into the clear blue sky. Taps echoed off the mountains in the distance.

The Honor guard gently took the flag from the casket, folded it with precision, and Major General James Terry presented it to Delores Monroe.

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