A soldier laid to rest

Spc. Aaron Genevie buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Spc. Aaron Genevie buried at Arlington National Cemetery

May 01, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

ARLINGTON, VA. - At Section 60, Gravesite 8618, U.S. Army Spc. Aaron Michael Genevie was buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, two weeks after he was killed by an explosive device while serving in Iraq.

Genevie, of Chambersburg, Pa., was 22 years old.

Dozens of people attended the 15-minute service on a warm, windy day. Genevie was given standard military honors.

While Genevie's family sat solemnly near his casket, Lt. Col. James Gray, an Army chaplain, delivered a eulogy that mentioned "sacrifice" and "how precious life is."

Six members of an honor guard held an American flag taut over the casket while Gray spoke.

Seven soldiers fired three volleys apiece.

As a bugler started to play taps, a woman in a dark dress turned and walked away from the crowd, about 20 paces.

Maj. Gen. Sean Byrne knelt and presented a folded flag to Genevie's mother, Patricia.

Reporters and photographers were kept about 100 feet from the casket and the crowd during the funeral. From there, it was difficult to hear anything as the wind gusted.


Kara Anne McCarthy, the cemetery's chief of public affairs, escorted members of the media away just as the funeral ended, before Genevie's family and friends left.

McCarthy said there usually are 25 to 30 funerals per day at Arlington. On Monday, 32 were scheduled.

Volleys from another funeral could be heard in the distance during the service for Genevie.

A summary that McCarthy distributed says 330 military personnel from the war in Iraq are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Genevie died April 16. His Humvee in Baghdad hit an improvised explosive device, or roadside bomb.

He lived in Chambersburg after graduating in 2003 from McConnellsburg High School in Fulton County, Pa., according to his obituary.

He joined the Army in 2005 and was assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which is based in Fort Riley, Kan.

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