N.H. Soldier To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

Cpl. Scott Dimond of Franklin, N.H., died in Afghanistan on Oct. 13, 2008. i i

Cpl. Scott Dimond of Franklin, N.H., was killed in action in Afghanistan on Oct. 13, 2008. Dimond was a Franklin police officer from 1988 until he joined the Guard two years ago. AP Photo/New Hampshire National Guard hide caption

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Cpl. Scott Dimond of Franklin, N.H., died in Afghanistan on Oct. 13, 2008.

Cpl. Scott Dimond of Franklin, N.H., was killed in action in Afghanistan on Oct. 13, 2008. Dimond was a Franklin police officer from 1988 until he joined the Guard two years ago.

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For several months, Cpl. Scott Dimond went to military funerals almost every day. As a member of the New Hampshire honor guard, he gave veterans official military send-offs.

On Oct. 13, Dimond died after his vehicle hit an explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

On Saturday, the honor guard unit that he worked with will help bury Dimond.

Honor guard members know they can't ease the pain Dimond's family feels, but they can respect his wish to be buried with full military honors: a 21-gun salute, a color guard and taps.

Command Sgt. Major Kandy Fredette will present an American flag to Dimond's wife on Saturday.

Dan Gorenstein reports for New Hampshire Public Radio.

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