Updated 10/04/2012 05:26 PM
Memorial Held for Local Soldier
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More than a hundred people gathered at a funeral home in Macedon, Wayne County, to pay their respects to Sergeant First Class Daniel Metcalfe.
The former Penfield resident was killed Saturday while on patrol in Afghanistan. Many of those attending the memorial service were family and friends, while others didn't even know the soldier.
"The words just don't come. It's been a tough week for the family and all, but to see the amount of support that comes out from people that never knew him, that just respect what he's done, it takes the wind right out of you," said Barb Strand, Sgt. Metcalfe's aunt.
A large number of Patriot Guard Riders, more than usual for a military service, came out for Sgt. Metcalfe's memorial because they say this one hits close to home.
Nearly 90 members of the honor guard paid tribute to Metcalfe. His father, Tom, is one of their riders and his aunt, Bobbi, is involved with the Blue Star Mothers.
"I know the family, I know who they are. We work close with the Blue Star Mothers, the Patriot Guard does, and the aunt was a family member," said Dale Hillegeer. "It hits me. Not everybody knew them but a lot of the Patriot Guard members do."
During the service, there were stories of Metcalfe's life; his years as a toddler, a rebellious teen, and a soldier committed to serving his country.
"The stories revolved around love and they ran the gamut from his love of pulling pranks, to his love for children, love for his family, love for his country, to which he gave his all and for which we all will be forever grateful," said Rev. Anne Gardner, First Baptist Church of Macedon.
His sister, Debi Hill, spoke of Metcalfe's last visit home in May. She shared a conversation they had where Metcalfe talked about his family and the plans he was making for the future.
"He'd grown up so much, and getting to watch him grow from that little kid in the car seat, the rebellious stage to adulthood and become a family man has been one of the greatest joys of my life and something I hope I get to share with his kids," she said.
The service concluded with members of the Palmyra American Legion presenting his wife Vesna with an American Flag.
Sgt. Metcalfe, who will be burried at Arlington National Cemetery, is also survived by three young children, his parents, two brothers and a sister.