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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.

Funeral detail

July 27, 2011

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Ted Lutz

These members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit based at the Kane Armory are serving in the funeral detail for their friend and comrade-- Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, also a member of the unit.

Ceremony at Dover Air Force Base

July 22, 2011

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Erie Times-News photo

A somber ceremony was held Wednesday at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when the body of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, a Kane native, was carried from a U.S. Air Force plane. Members of family of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of Kane attended the ceremony.

Following in father's footsteps

July 22, 2011

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Photo courtesy of family

As a youngster, Ken VanGiesen (left) of Kane often wore a camouflage shirt and cap to dress like his father, Tom VanGiesen, a 21-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ken VanGiesen, who joined the National Guard after graduating from Kane Area High School in 1999, was killed Monday while serving in Afghanistan.

Working beneath an Army truck

July 20, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Ken VanGiesen of Kane is shown working as a mechanic beneath an Army truck while training at Camp Shelby, Miss. in 2005 for deployment in Iraq. VanGiesen, a 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School, was killed Monday while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in eastern Afghanistan.

Farewell before duty in Iraq

July 20, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Ken VanGiesen shares time with his family before his deployment to Iraq in 2005. The group includes his father, Tom (left) his mother, Sue (right), his long-time girlfriend Erin Sirianni of Kane, his nephew, Isaac and his niece, Hannah. Isaac and Hannah are the children of his sister, Amie VanGiesen Gullifer and her husband, Joe Gullifer of Kane.

Heading to Iraq in 2005

July 20, 2011

Photo Credit
Ted Lutz

This photo shows Ken VanGiesen as he prepared for deployment to Iraq in 2005 with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit based in Kane. He is shown with his long-time girlfriend Erin Sirianni (left) of Kane and his mother, Sue and his father, Tom. VanGiesen was killed Monday while serving with the National Guard in Afghanistan.

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