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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you from Sterling Wyatt's family

By Randy, Sherry and Chandler Wyatt
August 4, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

How do we even begin to thank everyone for the support and love we have felt following the death of our beloved Sterling? There are no words to express the overwhelming response from YOU; our family, friends, church family, scout family, baseball family, community and state.

Our hearts and lives were touched to witness people of all races, creeds, colors and socioeconomic standing, lined up for blocks, shoulder-to-shoulder showing support for our family. The crowd was amazing, respectful and orderly! We have never seen anything like this in our lives, and are forever grateful.

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For all those that helped with the service, brought food, flowers, provided rooms for our family members, provided water and food for those participating in the Red Wall and those who helped organize the Red Wall: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

We send a big thanks to the Patriot Guards who led our boy home and saw him to his final resting place. To the police officers that watched over our son while he was lying in state at our church, thank you for your diligence. Thank you to the Environmental Services Department that rearranged work schedules to pick up our neighborhood so our son’s homecoming would be "perfect." To our Fire Department, that big flag was just the right touch! To all of those that helped line our neighborhood with flags, God bless you! For our neighborhood "lighting crew," thanks for insuring that our flags did not rest in darkness. To those that have walked our boulevard, we have seen you taping the flags that have come apart from their stands and those of you that have faithfully been "flag straighteners" keeping "Old Glory" standing straight and tall during this time — we are so proud to call you friends and neighbors. Thank you the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the State Highway Patrol for keeping watch over us.

For those that gave Sterling such a wonderful tribute at "Tylerstock" — the fundraiser for Tyler Huffman, wounded veteran from Jefferson City — what an absolute surprise and honor.  Your kindness will not be forgotten!

God bless you all for each and every kindness.

The Family of Army Spc. Sterling William Wyatt