Waynesboro honors its fallen

May 31, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman's parents, Diane and Richard, and his brother, Tyler, observe a moment of silence in his memory at Memorial Park in Waynesboro, Pa., on Monday. Also shown is retired Col. Steven Gonzales, far right.
Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The names were organized by war.

The man started with World War II, then moved onto the Korean War, Vietnam War and first Gulf War. He read aloud name after name to honor Waynesboro-area veterans who died in the past year.

"... William H. Bordner, Rudy Milligan, Marcus N. Lowans ..."

The current war was punctuated by just one name.

"Richard J. Tieman."

Those words hung in the air as the speaker paused just slightly. Tieman's family members sat behind the podium, comforting each other in their grief still raw two weeks after the soldier's death in Afghanistan.

The Tiemans served as grand marshals for the Memorial Day parade in Waynesboro. The staff sergeant also was honored at the annual ceremony at Memorial Park immediately following the parade.

"Our soldiers sacrifice so much, and so many people don't realize that," said the 28-year-old's father, Richard Tieman.

The elder Richard Tieman marched in a parade when he returned from war. On Monday, he turned over the grand marshal role to his son's mother and brother.


"I'm going to try to not be sad," Diane Tieman said.

Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman joined the Army when he was 18 and served two tours of duty in Iraq, followed by the one that took him to Afghanistan.

He was killed May 18 in Kabul when a vehicle-carried bomb hit a NATO convoy in which he was traveling.

He will be buried June 11 in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The family recently returned from Germany, where prayers, remarks, songs and a slideshow formed a remembrance ceremony at Tieman's headquarters. Tieman's parents were able to meet his friends and comrades on that trip.

Diane Tieman said her family is grateful for the Waynesboro community's support and condolences.

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