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Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson, left, salutes as the casket of Army Captain Elwood Euart is carried to a graveside ceremony at St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket Wednesday morning.

PAWTUCKET - With the reading of the Lord’s Prayer, the ceremonial firing of rifles, and the hymn of “Amazing Grace” performed on the pipes and drums, Pawtucket native and U.S. Army Capt. Elwood J. Euart was laid to rest on Wednesday morning, the culmination of a 73-year, eight-thousand-mile international journey that took him from the silt of the Pacific Ocean to the earth of his hometown.

Euart was buried in St. Francis Cemetery on Smithfield Avenue, next to his mother and father – Winifred Casey Euart and Elwood Francis Aloysius Euart. His funeral was a star-spangled affair, with Rhode Island National Guard members folding the American flag that was draped over Euart’s casket and the Patriot Guard Riders holding flags and banners, the wind-driven flapping of which at times was the only sound from the solemn graveside service.

Prior to the burial with full military honors, Euart’s legacy and heroism was celebrated during a Mass at the neighboring St. Maria Goretti Church on Power Road.

Euart’s casket entered the house of worship as an organist and singer performed “God Bless America.” Several in the church joined in the singing, with some wiping tears away from their eyes after welcoming Euart back to his “home sweet home.”

Family members, veterans, and local dignitaries filled the pews inside the church, as Chaplain Robert L. Marciano offered the homily.

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