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Carole Mikita reportingSgt. Cawley reached hero status with his family, friends and colleagues years ago. Now the state of Utah will honor him as such tomorrow.
Marine Staff Sft. James Wilford Cawley died on March 29th in Iraq. His body returned home Sunday evening.
We understand both military and church leaders will join the family in tomorrow's service. Major General Select John H. McCarthy, who spent some months at U.S. Central Command in Saudi Arabia in 1996 and '97, will make a special presentation.
Also participating in the memorial, about 100 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Sgt. Cawley's sister, Julie Hanson, is a choir member.
During last weekend's General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke of Sgt. Cawley, who had served a church mission in Japan from 1981 - 1983.
"His life, his mission, his military service, his death, seem to represent the contradictions of the peace of the gospel and the tides of war," President Hinckley said on Sunday.
Sgt. Cawley also had a career in the Salt Lake City police department and will be remembered by officers there tomorrow.
The Bountiful Regional Center seats about 2,300. The processional starts at about 11:50 am, then the service at noon. Those who wish to attend should arrive early.