Respect, honor for a soldier gone too soon
WILLMAR - It's amazing how many sounds there are when it's quiet. Under a cool, gray sky Wednesday outside the Willmar Civic Center, sounds of grief, honor and respect rolled across the grounds as family, friends, military personnel, political leaders and community members arrived and departed the funeral of Army Sgt. Joshua Schmit.
The 26-year-old Willmar High School graduate was killed by a roadside bomb April 14 in Iraq, just 10 days before his tour was to have ended.