Never Forgotten: 10 years since Sgt. Sandri's death in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew J. Sandri, who was killed in action on March 20, 2004, in a rocket attack near Fallujah, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A 1997 graduate of Shamokin Area High School, Sgt. Sandri was the son of Bob and Annette Sandri of Shamokin. He was a combat medic serving with the 82nd Airborne Division.
While the anniversary is a sad occasion indeed for the Sandri family and the greater Shamokin community, the reaction to Sgt. Sandri's death has resulted in a number of positive, inspirational actions, projects and tributes over the past 10 years. The News-Item looks forward to detailing these circumstances in a special report coming soon.
For today, we pause to recognize his ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country.