The life, character and service of U.S. Army Specialist Benjamin Osborn of Lake George was celebrated the afternoon of June 24, as friends and family members gathered at Fort William Henry for a memorial tribute.
Dozens of Osborn's friends and classmates recalled his ever-positive attitude, adventurous spirit and sense of humor, while others dwelled on his deep concern for others and commitment to serve the nation. At the event, friends and family shared memories and supported each other in their grieving.
Osborn was killed in combat June 15 in Afghanistan - the result of an ambush.
A funeral was held earlier June 24 at Saratoga National Cemetery, where he was buried. His parents have since contacted Army officials, expressing their concerns of the rules of engagement U.S. soldiers must adhere to, particularly the prohibition against firing arms until fired upon.
Pictured are Osborn's friends gathered in front of a poster of Osborn, soon after they toasted his character, life and service. The poster was created by officials of the North Queensbury Volunteer Fire Company, and it is displayed on their fire truck.