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Family and friends remember fallen soldier at viewing

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Loved ones of Wilmington soldier Sgt. T.J. Butler gathered at Andrews Mortuary in Wilmington Thursday night.

Family invited friends to the viewing that included dozens of flags held by veterans and others, lining the front of the mortuary on Market Street.

Sgt. Butler died during a suicide bombing attack last week in Afghanistan.

His funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Wilmington.

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freedom

All of my life I have been so proud of this country and the people in it. My father served in WWII and my brothers during Viet-Nam. As the old saying goes one bad apple can spoil a barrell, but we are all Gods children. It saddens me to know their are people that would protest and cause a scene at a fallen soilders funeral. It is shamful that someone can not be laid to rest after the ultimate sacafice with out some one protesting. If you want to protest the war that is fine. Just do not disrespect our men in the military. Every one has a right to express their opinon that is the freedom of the United States. May God Bless our Guys and Girls in Uniform and may God Bless their familys also.

Traders

To all you freedom hating traders, pack your stuff and go to Afganistan. See how long you last there. I would not trade one drop of a soilders blood for a million of you liberal soilder hating waste of space. Shame on all of you. It is worms like you that make me ashamed to be an amercian. If you want to protest, come to Green Swamp, North Carolina and we will show you how to protest.
Distainly yours:
Billy Ray Malpass