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VP Biden to speak at Fort Lewis ceremony

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FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is speaking at Fort Lewis today during a memorial ceremony for seven Stryker brigade soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The ceremony is expected to begin about 1 p.m. and honor the seven that were killed on Oct. 27th when their vehicle hit a concealed bomb in southern Afghanistan. All were members of the 5th Stryker brigade that has lost more than two dozen soldiers since deploying in July.

The seven are 24-year-old Sgt. Fernando Delarosa of Alamo, Texas; 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Luis M. Gonzalez of South Ozone Park, N.Y.; 29-year-old Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind.; 27-year-old Sgt. Isaac B. Jackson of Plattsburg, Mo.; 24-year-old Patrick O. Williamson of Broussard, La.; 22-year-old Spc. Jared D. Stanker of Evergreen Park. Ill; and 25-year-old Pfc. Christopher I. Walz of Vancouver, Wash.

A service was held last week for an eighth Fort Lewis soldier killed the same day in a separate attack, 20-year-old Pfc. Brian R. Bates of Gretna, La.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that Biden was spotted in Tacoma on Monday. The newspaper says it will be the first time a U.S. president or vice president has participated in any of the memorial services for the fallen soldiers since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.