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Lee Christian Wilson died in northern Iraq after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. Wilson lived in in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A legal resident of the United States, Wilson was a Canadian citizen who joined the U.S. Army in 2001 to fight for his adopted country.
Lee Christian Wilson, a Canadian citizen, was killed when a roadside bomb exploded on a road in Mosul, Iraq, on Sept. 6, 2007. The military is working to grant Wilson U.S. citizenship posthumously.
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Each year, the city of Fayetteville, N.C., celebrates All-American Week to honor the military service members who serve at nearby Fort Bragg.
Organizers canceled this year’s event because so many soldiers are deployed overseas, and many Bragg-based personnel have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past few months.
But one event would not be canceled — a memorial for recently fallen members of the 82nd Airborne Division. Even as the service took place Wednesday, other 82nd Airborne paratroopers were getting ready for imminent deployment.