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Minnesota National Guard
Honoring a fallen Minnesota hero, Staff Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

From the frozen countryside surrounding the rural town of Frazee, Minn, more than 1,500 family, friends and community members gathered to remember the life of Staff Sgt Greg N Riewer

A flag hung from the backboard of the basketball hoop in the Frazee High School gymnasium above Father Joe DeCrans as he spoke of Riewer's service to God and country
"Greg was not afraid to live life to its fullest," said DeCrans

Riewer was remembered for his love of the outdoors, sports and dedication to family Growing up as one of 13 brothers and sisters, Riewer applied his sense of family devotion to his extended military family, said DeCrans

As the funeral mass came to a close, Bishop Victor Balke left the Riewer family with a few words of comfort

"Greg gave up his life for all freedom loving people Having died as a martyr for freedom, I am sure he has now entered the Kingdom," said Balke

In honor of Riewer, the Frazee schools closed for the day The Frazee high school band paid their respects by playing The Battle Hymn of the Republic during the funeral The school district's bus company, Anderson Bus Co, donated buses and drivers to bus those who attended the funeral from the high school to the internment site at the Sacred Heart Cemetery

Riewer was killed on March 23rd by an improvised explosive devise while conducting a vehicular patrol in Fallujah, Iraq He was an Infantryman assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry based in Bemidji

By Sgt Danielle Eineke
April 4, 2007

NorthStar GUARD Online: 4/4/07
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