Burial For Local Soldier

Hundreds of East Tennesseans have said their final goodbyes to the 28 year old soldier from Clinton killed in Iraq last Saturday.

Staff sergeant Daniel Morris was laid to rest with full military honors in the Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Sunday.

"We just want to say thank you for somebody that's served the country."

Community members stood proud for Staff Sergeant Daniel Morris today carrying signs, flags and heavy hearts as his motorcade drove through the streets of Clinton.

"I don't think he died in vein. We realize the sacrifice that they've made and we do appreciate it."

Vi Price made this banner for Morris, saluting the 28-year old.

"My son served in desert storm and I know that crossed my mind that that could be my son."

The motorcade ended in Oak Ridge where hundreds gathered together for Morris' full military burial.

"Daniel, he is the soldier in my eyes."

A soldier, a brother, a father, a son...killed while proudly fighting for our country.

"To Daniel, it's just a shame, it's a pity that we have to be out here doing this right now for him, instead of seeing him get off the airplane and saluting him," said Chris Smiley.

Loved ones watch with a tearful eye as Morris' flag-draped coffin is carried by his fellow service men.

"You hate that it happens, but you know that that's a cost of war and a cost of freedom," said Price.

"I'm a veteran, my son's a veteran. It just goes all the way back to the family and I think you always feel it was somebody of your own," said Bob Price.

While a big part of the Clinton Community is missing now, many are sending their prayers up to the Morris family.

"I just wish we could give them everything as their son gave us everything," said Smiley.


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