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Funeral set for soldier killed in Iraq

CHRISTIANSBURG — A local fallen soldier will be laid to rest next Tuesday.
Sgt. Kenneth B. Gibson, 25, of Christiansburg, died Sunday, Aug. 10, in Tarmiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near him, according to the Department of Defense.
Gibson had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and had been stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
He had been serving in the Army since March 2002.
Gibson, a 2001 graduate of Christiansburg High School, is survived by his wife, Nikki Gibson, and his parents, Robert and Athena Gibson, all of Christiansburg.
To honor Gibson, local Patriot Guard Riders will participate in Gibson’s visitation, funeral and burial services, according to Sam Lewis, a local Patriot Guard Rider from Dublin.
The Patriot Guard Riders are men and women who are interested not only in motorcycles, but who “have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security,” according to their website at www.patriotguard.org.
The Patriot Guard’s main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family, to show their “sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families and their communities,” and to “shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protester or groups of protesters,” through strictly legal and non-violent means.
The Patriot Guard Riders will be present to provide a flag line at the visitation service for Gibson, which will be held on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, as well as his funeral service on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Blacksburg Baptist Church, and the riders plan to serve as escorts to Gibson’s burial site at Roselawn Cemetery in Christiansburg.

Funeral set for soldier killed in Iraq

CHRISTIANSBURG — A local fallen soldier will be laid to rest next Tuesday.
Sgt. Kenneth B. Gibson, 25, of Christiansburg, died Sunday, Aug. 10, in Tarmiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near him, according to the Department of Defense.
Gibson had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and had been stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
He had been serving in the Army since March 2002.
Gibson, a 2001 graduate of Christiansburg High School, is survived by his wife, Nikki Gibson, and his parents, Robert and Athena Gibson, all of Christiansburg.
To honor Gibson, local Patriot Guard Riders will participate in Gibson’s visitation, funeral and burial services, according to Sam Lewis, a local Patriot Guard Rider from Dublin.
The Patriot Guard Riders are men and women who are interested not only in motorcycles, but who “have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security,” according to their website at www.patriotguard.org.
The Patriot Guard’s main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family, to show their “sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families and their communities,” and to “shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protester or groups of protesters,” through strictly legal and non-violent means.
The Patriot Guard Riders will be present to provide a flag line at the visitation service for Gibson, which will be held on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, as well as his funeral service on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Blacksburg Baptist Church, and the riders plan to serve as escorts to Gibson’s burial site at Roselawn Cemetery in Christiansburg.