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|East Galesburg Honors Spc. Talbert
|A local man who is a member of a military family was one of the many people who lined the streets of East Galesburg to honor Army Specialist Christopher Talbert and his family.
The procession escorting Talbert's body back to his hometown Tuesday made its way along State and West Main Streets shortly after 6:30 p-m after passing through Knoxville and continuing on to Galesburg.
Bob DeWitt of Wataga, who watched from the former Raymond Marquith Elementary School, tells WGIL it's important to him to pay tribute. "We've had a lot of family in the military," DeWitt said. "My niece is a Black Hawk (helicopter) pilot in Afghanistan right now. Her sister was in Iraq for a year. My daughter's boyfriend is in Afghanistan right now; he's supposed to be home the end of next month. My daughter was in the Air Guard for six years, just got out. So we had a lot of military people, and we wanted to support (Talbert's) family."
DeWitt says he knows the family appreciates the outpouring of support.
A sign at the East Galesburg Village Hall read "Some Gave All Spc. Chris Talbert, Goodbye Friend." A young woman who came out to pay her respects says she knew Talbert and that he had a "great personality" and "loved to have fun."
Talbert grew up in East Galesburg and attended Knoxville High School for a time before graduating in 2003 from Galesburg Christian School. He joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 2007 as a combat medic.
(The flag outside the former Raymond Marquith Elementary School in East Galesburg was at half staff Tuesday in honor of Spc. Christopher Talbert.)
(East Galesburg Village Hall)
(East Galesburg residents wave American Flags near Raymond Marquith Elementary School.)
(The Patriot Guard Riders lead the procession including Spc. Christopher Talbert's body through East Galesburg.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos Mike Perry.)
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