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Region pays tribute to fallen soldier

Soon afterwards, the procession - led by a dozen or so state and county police cars and about 100 motorcyclists including the Patriot Guards - pulled out of the airport. The gathered politicians rode in a trolley near the rear of the motorcade.

In the airport driveway, the motorcade passed underneath a giant American flag, draped from atop tower truck ladders of the Queensbury Central and Kingsbury fire companies. Firefighters in formal attire from Lake George, North Queensbury, Queensbury Central, Bay Ridge, South Queensbury, West Glens Falls and Pilot Knob all stood at attention as the hearse exited the airport. Most of these firefighters joined in the procession.

From the airport, the motorcade headed up Queensbury Avenue onto Hicks Rd., then north on Ridge Rd.

At the intersection of Ridge and Oak Valley roads - near the Osborn family home - the hearse pulled underneath a giant American flag flown in tribute by the Kingsbury Fire Co. from their tower truck.

The motorcade then proceeded up Rte. 9L through the communities along the east side of Lake George.

At various marinas, vacationers, employees and boaters - some clad only in trunks - gathered and waved flags as Osborn passed by.

One man, standing several feet in the roadway, held his arm straight out into traffic as he turned his head and sobbed. Another stood atop the cab of his pickup, waving a large flag.

At intersection after intersection along the route, people saluted or held their hands or caps over their hearts - many in tears - while others waved American flags, bearing somber expressions. Many wiped tears from their eyes.

County and state police officers on duty to redirect traffic at intersections, paused to give formal salutes as the motorcade passed by.

At Cleverdale Rd., as large contingent of North Queensbury firefighters, saluting and in full dress, were lined up in a diagonal formation. A crowd gathered on the opposite corner of the intersection to pay their respects.

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