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Community honors, mourns loss of Manchester Airman Staff Sgt. Kory Wade

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On Wednesday, the tight-knit community of Manchester welcomed home a local hero in a way they never expected.

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Kory Wade, tragically killed during a training mission 11 days prior, was honored by dozens of neighbors and friends who gathered along Route 21 for his final journey home.

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As the procession drew near, signaled by the distant sirens, the crowd, composed of those who’ve known Kory from childhood to recent acquaintances, waved American flags and cheered in a heartfelt tribute.

The community’s tribute will continue on July 5, when friends and family are invited to gather at the Red Jacket High School auditorium from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in memory of Staff Sgt. Kory Wade. The community’s collective grief underscores the high regard and love they held for Kory, immortalizing him as a symbol of their shared values and strength.