July 21, 2006, - 5:17 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Two weeks ago, American hero, Sgt. Duane Dreasky, a brave U.S. soldier and Army National Guardsman, passed away–after 8 valiant months fighting to live. (I wrote about him here, here, and here.)
The Michigan-based man was the last of several U.S. military victims of a terrorist IED targeted at the HumVee in which they were riding. Despite horrible burns over 75% of his body, he tried to salute President Bush when he visited his hospital room and established a scholarship to help others–even though he was in dire straits himself.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Morning is his funeral. Many readers in the Detroit area have asked me if it is a public service, and, indeed, it is. In fact, unfortunately, protesters are reported planning to demonstrate outside. If you live in the Detroit area, I recommend that you attend. The information, from Detroit News reporter Edward Cardenas, is:
A public memorial service will be held Saturday at Walled Lake Western High School’s football field for [Duane Dreasky,] a Michigan National Guard soldier who died from injuries suffered in Iraq. . . .
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today in the O’Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walled Lake Western High School Football Stadium, 600 Beck Road, Commerce Township.
Burial will be Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent to Duane J. Dreasky Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 23116, Lansing, MI 48909-3116.
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