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Eldersburg's Knutson-Cullen among honorees at Memorial Day service

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U.S. Army Capt. Sara M. Knutson-Cullen, a former Eldersburg resident who died in a helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 11, will be among the honorees at the May 27 Memorial Day service at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Knutson-Cullen, 27, was a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School and a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

She was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, and had previously served at Fort Wainwright in Alaska. She had been deployed on a humanitarian mission to Pakistan.

She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Knutson-Cullen is one of seven members of the military with ties to Maryland killed since May 2012 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Each will be remembered at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens' annual Memorial Day Ceremony, held at the gardens' Circle of the Immortals. Families of the fallen will be presented with memorial plaques. In addition to Knutson-Cullen, others being honored are:

Marine Sgt. Julian C. Chase, of Edgewater, who died May 28, 2012;

Marine Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, of Laurel, June 22, 2012;

Army Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Rodriguez, of Baltimore, July 18, 2012;

Army Staff Sgt. Brandon R. Pepper, of Baltimore, , July 21, 2012;

Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks, of Edgewater, Aug. 16, 2012; and

Army Sgt. David V. Williams, of Frederick, Aug. 18, 2012.

The ceremony will also pay tribute to those who died in Korea, Vietnam and during World War II.

The ceremony is free and open to all, and will be held Monday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m.

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens is located at 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium. For more details, call 410-666-0490 or go to http://www.dulaneyvalley.com.

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