Body of Oak Ridge soldier killed in Afghanistan returned

Body of Oak Ridge soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to East Tennessee

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Family and friends watched in silence as members of the military carried Ward's flag-draped casket. Family and friends watched in silence as members of the military carried Ward's flag-draped casket.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Ward (source: Weatherford Mortuary) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Ward (source: Weatherford Mortuary)

ALCOA (WATE) - A local soldier killed in action in Afghanistan was honored Friday as his remains were returned to East Tennessee.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Ward, 24, died over the weekend when his patrol was hit by a suicide bomber in Kandahar.

Ward lived for a time in Oak Ridge.

His body arrived at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base Friday morning.

Family and friends watched in silence as members of the military carried Ward's flag-draped casket.

Alcoa police and Blount County sheriff's deputies then escorted Ward's body to Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge.

Ward's family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Weatherford Mortuary, 158 South Jefferson Circle.

A celebration of life service with military honors will follow at noon.

Ward will receive the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal during the service, as well as the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Gov. Bill Haslam has ordered flags lowered to half staff.

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