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FROM READERS: Columbia Boy Scout troops honor fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

By LAURA SANDSTEDT/MISSOURIAN READER
July 13, 2012 | 5:20 p.m. CDT
Residents of the Shepard neighborhood and local Boy Scouts lined the yard of fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt's family home with American flags on Friday. Wyatt died in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Laura Sandstedt is a teacher at Ridgeway Elementary and the troop committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 707. She took these photos near the home of fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt's family. Wyatt, a Rock Bridge High School graduate and Eagle Scout, died Wednesday in Afghanistan. He was 21 years old. 

Sterling was a member of troop 706 which has a lot of Ridgeway Elementary School boys. Adam, my son, is a member of troop 707 and he wanted to go help line the streets with flags. The pictures are taken of the Wyatt's yard looking back toward Shepard Elementary School.

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Adam and scouts in full uniform knocked on neighbor's doors to let them know what we were doing while teachers, family and friends lined the streets with flags of all sizes. Some of the flags had handmade notes attached thanking Sterling for his service and offering condolences to his family.

It was a sobering job but I am, once again, reminded of the power of scouting. Scouts from troops across Columbia got word about today's event and showed up in full uniform to honor a fellow scout. They worked side by side as if they'd known each other forever. They worked through the heat and then carried water soaked boxes after we enjoyed a wonderful rain shower. They worked without complaint and with a true reverence for the job they were doing. Whether or not they knew Sterling, they were made better today working together to honor his service to our country.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.