Pfc. Strange honored with tree planting at SHS

by | February 23, 2005 12:00 am

By JACQUIE BRASHER

By JACQUIE BRASHER

It has been almost a year since Emanuel County lost its native son, William Rodriquez “Ra-Ra” Strange, but somehow it seems like yesterday. On Georgia’s Arbor Day Friday, Feb. 18, the Adrian native was remembered in a tree planting ceremony at Swainsboro High School. Pfc. Strange was killed in the line of duty on April 2, 2004 in Iraq. He was a 2003 graduate of Swainsboro and was with the 91st Engineer Battalion 1st Cavalry Army Unit in Baghdad. An oak tree was planted in memory of him.

Sponsored by Keep Emanuel Beautiful, the ceremony took place on the front lawn of Swainsboro High School. KEB Director Joan Dunn began the ceremony by thanking everyone who had braved the chilly temperatures to show their love and respect for Pfc. Strange. Coach Leroy Jordan gave a speech to honor Pfc. Strange and his family, who were in attendance. Also speaking was SHS Principal Vernon Hardy. Fellow class member Amanda Brantley stirred emotions by her haunting a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

  • Pfc. Strange honored with tree planting at SHS
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