Fallen soldier returns home

First Posted: 5/28/2009

The public has been invited to line the streets along the procession route to honor fallen Ararat, Va., soldier, 1st Lt. Leevi Khole Barnard, as his body is returned home.
North Carolina National Guard soldier Barnard was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, May 21. His body will arrive in North Carolina this morning and a procession will escort Barnard to Moody Funeral Home this morning.
Those wishing to honor Barnard should plan to be along the planned processional route by 10:30 a.m. in order to pay respects as the hearse makes its way to the funeral home. The route will bring Barnard to Surry County from Winston-Salem on U.S. 52 North, turn right onto Rockford Street/U.S. 601, and then left onto Grave Street to the funeral home.
Escorting the procession from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro to Mount Airy today will be the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle association. The riders will also escort Barnards casket from Moody Funeral Home around 2 p.m. Saturday to Blue Ridge Elementary School in Ararat, Va., where the public memorial service and visitation will be held that evening, as well as the funeral service on Sunday.
Visitation for 1st Lt. Leevi Barnard is scheduled at Blue Ridge Elementary School, 5135 Ararat Highway, Ararat, Va., from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and his funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the school.
Barnard joined the North Carolina Army National Guard in August 2004 as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Crew member. He graduated as a Distinguished Military graduate with a GPA of 99 percent from his Advanced Individual Training Class at Fort Sill, Okla., and took his first assignment at B Battery, 5th Battalion 113th Field Artillery Regiment. He later transferred to Detachment 1, A Battery 113th Field Artillery Regiment 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
A 1998 graduate of Patrick County High School, Barnard earned a bachelors degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and then received his commission as an officer in the Field Artillery through the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) at the university. After serving in A Battery 1st Battalion 113th Field Artillery Regiment, he transferred to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 252nd Combined Arms Battalion in Fayetteville of the 30th HBCT where he was assigned at the time of his deployment. This was his first deployment.
First Lt. Leevi Khole Barnards obituary can be found on page 3A of todays edition of The News.

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