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Benjamin Freeman Funeral

This may be one of the most difficult days in Freeman family history.

While it was painful for the family to say good-bye, they were proud to honor their hero one more time.

Private Benjamin Freeman was laid to rest Tuesday with a full military burial.

"The funeral today was such an honor and tribute to a young man who deserves all the honor and glory he is receiving, he was a man worthy of this type of ceremony," says Ben's aunt Helen Freeman.

Freeman's mother and wife were both presented with American flags. The U.S. Army has also awarded the Bronze Star to Ben, for making the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Chaplain Jim Bixler says this kind of service is very tough to attend.

"Its extremely difficult because you know that you are dealing with people who've just lost somebody that's precious to them," explains Bixler.

Amid all the tears of sorrow, family members say Ben was proud of the work he was doing in Iraq.

"Ben said, "If you could see the conditions in which the Iraqis lived, you would know that we're supposed to be here, and its my joy and privilege to give them a better way of life."

And while this service serves to lay Ben to rest, he will forever live on in the hearts of many.

Ben was just 19 years old when he drowned in the Euphrates River last week. The cause of his death is still under military investigation.

The Freeman family says the community support has been amazing, many people who had never even met Ben turned out to show their support to his family.


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