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05/17/07

Fallen Soldier's Funeral

Near the corner of Halsey and York Drive, in a quiet place called section sixty, you'll find row after row of men and women who died fighting for our country.

On this day, Arlington National Cemetery made room for one more brave soldier.

Loved ones gather under gray skies to bid farewell to Corporal Matthew Bolar.

The 24- year old was killed in Iraq on May third by shrapnel from a roadside bomb while helping another injured soldier.

The paratrooper's death half a world away hits close to home. Matthew's mother, Anne Adkins, is a colleague of ours at Raycom Media, the company that owns KTRE-TV.

Corporal Bolar is described as courageous and selfless. His actions spoke volumes. After serving one year in Iraq with the stryker brigade Matthew returned to the safety of home. Three months later he asked to go back into harms way with the 501st parachute regiment, to help fill a volunteer shortfall. Those who knew the young man were not surprised at his commitment. Matthew's final resting place at Arlington is where he wanted to be buried.

Specialist Bolar's commanding officer in Iraq said Matthew was a man of character and that his fellow soldiers would not forget his friendship or sense of duty. A few days after he was killed Matthew Bolar was awarded the bronze star for his bravery.

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