Funeral services for area soldier set for later this week


Twenty-eight-year-old, Specialist Christopher Sweet of Springfield will be laid to rest on Thursday.

In a show of community support, the public is encouraged to line the route in honor of Sweet. The funeral procession route will be as follows:

  • From Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home east on South Grand Ave. to Second Street
  • North on Second Street to Capitol Ave.
  • East on Capitol Ave. to Ninth Street
  • North on Ninth Street to Sangamon Ave.
  • East on Sangamon Ave. to Camp Butler Road
  • Continue East on Camp Butler Road to the entrance of Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Following private family services at the funeral home, the procession is expected to leave between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Sweet died in Iraq from non-combat related injuries while serving in the Army.

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