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Highlands to honor graduate killed in Operation Enduring Freedom

Private Brandon T. Pickering (Source: Facebook) Private Brandon T. Pickering (Source: Facebook)
Brandon Pickering (Source: Fort Thomas Independent Schools) Brandon Pickering (Source: Fort Thomas Independent Schools)

Highlands High School will honor a graduate killed overseas by flying all flags at half staff and observing a moment of silence.

Private Brandon T. Pickering, 21, of Fort Thomas, Ky., died April 10 in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade in Wardak province, Afghanistan, April 8.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

All Fort Thomas Independent schools will fly their flags at half-mast until his funeral. Additionally, Highlands High School will hold a moment of silence at the end of the day Thursday.

"We are eternally grateful for our military men and women and we know that the sacrifices of our own hero, Private Brandon Pickering, a 2008 graduate of Highlands High School, will never be forgotten," said Peggy Hughes, spokeswoman for Fort Thomas Schools, in a statement. "The courage and strength that Brandon demonstrated in volunteering to serve his country as an Army infantryman are qualities all can learn from and admire."

Gov. Steve Beshear will also order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Pvt. Pickering's interment for which arrangements are still pending.


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