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Former teachers remember fallen soldier as body returns to Rome

By By EVAN WHITE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - At 10:03 Thursday morning, a jet carrying the remains of Lance Corporal Daniel Geary landed at Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

Among the hundreds of supporters lining the tarmac were dozens of 3rd and 4th graders from Clough Elementary School in Rome a place Geary once called his school.

Two of Geary's former teachers Tom Gates and Gwyn Talerico say it was tough to come and watch the ceremony today, but they felt they owed it to him.

"I think what he's done for our country is important to them, and that's why they are here that's why we are here," said Gates.

"It is very difficult it's been a very difficult week at our school and we just need to be here (to) support the family," Talerico added.

One teacher expressed concerns over the children seeing such an emotional scene, but later admitted that death is one of life lessons that they will have to learn at some point.

Tomorrow veterans groups are expected to join other members of the community during calling hours at the Barry funeral home from 2-8 p.m.

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