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Memorial to Honor Fallen Marine Draws Many

Marine Corporal Sean Osterman
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It was standing-room only at the Memorial Service for Sean Osterman.  The 21 year old Marine Corporal was honored in a service this afternoon at the Atonement Lutheran Church in St.  Cloud.

Attendees, many in uniform,  were ushered into the church by members of the Patriot Guard. Photos of Osterman, displayed in a slideshow, were projected before the start of the service. Music, including the singing of hymns and the National Anthem, were a large part of the service, but the focus always remained on stories of Osterman,  a young man who was said to be adventurous, outgoing and devoted to the service of his country.

For his service, Osterman was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon, which were presented to his brother and sister.

Following the service, attendees – including Governor Tim Pawlenty – were invited to pay their respects by touching the Battlefield Cross. Guests were invited to a luncheon following the service.

Osterman died on December 16th, two days after being shot by a sniper in Afganistan. He’ll be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary on Tuesday.

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