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Flag to VanGiesen family

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Major General Wesley Craig, who as adjutant general is the leader of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard, presents a folded American flag to Tom VanGiesen, who is father of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen. The presentation took place at a private burial ceremony Thursday for the National Guard soldier killed July 18 in Afghanistan.

Flag for Erin

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Major General Randall Marchi presents a folded American flag to Erin Sirianni, who has been the girlfriend of National Guard Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen since 1997. Sirianni and VanGiesen, both of Kane, lived together in Erie. Marchi is the commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. VanGiesen was killed July 18 while serving with the Guard in Afghanistan.

Rifle squad

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

This rifle squad from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard gave the 21-gun salute Thursday at the burial service for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.

Generals hug parents

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Major General Wesley Craig (right), head of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard, hugs Sue VanGiesen, mother of the Kane soldier killed in Afghanistan last week. Major General Randall Marchi (left), commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, hugs Tom VanGiesen, the father of the fallen soldier.

Flag ceremony at cemetery

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

The National Guard pallbearers for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen of Kane conduct the flag ceremony during the burial service Thursday at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.

Wrapped in flag

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

A Kane young boy wraps himself in the American flag as he stands Thursday along Fraley Street to watch the funeral procession for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen.

A 'thank you' to fallen soldier

July 29, 2011

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Submitted by Lauren Johnston

A sign at this Kane area residence thanks Staff. Sgt. Ken VanGiesen for his service to his country. A member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard since 1999, VanGiesen was killed last week in Afghanistan.

Flag suspended from 'tower' truck

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

A huge American flag is held from atop the raised 'tower' truck for the Kane Volunteer Fire Department. The flag set up Tuesday near the "point" area at Evergreen Park greeted the procession with the body of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen of Kane. The American flag for the flagpole at Evergreen Park was not flown Tuesday because high winds in a storm Monday damaged the ropes for the flag.

Flags in the crowd

July 27, 2011

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Ted Lutz

A crowd carrying American flags awaits Tuesday to greet a procession carrying the body of Staff. Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, who was killed in Afghanistan. The soldier joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after graduating from Kane Area High School in 1999.

Patriot Guard Riders

July 27, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders lead a hearse Tuesday carrying the body of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen of Kane from the Bradford Airport to the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home. VanGiesen was killed last week while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

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