Eagle released to honor Kansas soldiers

Wichita, Kansas (AP) March 2011

A crowd gathered this weekend in Wichita to watch a rescued bald eagle being released back to the wild as a tribute to two slain Kansas soldiers.

Ken Lockwood from the Eagle Valley Raptor Center rehabilitated the bald eagle after it was found with a shotgun pellet in its leg.

The Wichita Eagle reported that hundreds of people gathered across from the Mid-America All-Indian Center to watch the eagle being released back into the wild.

The ceremony honored the families of Army Sgt. Eric Nettleton and Army Spc. Thomas Moffitt, two Wichita soldiers who died recently in Afghanistan. Nettleton was 26. Moffitt was 21.

When Lockwood released the bird, it flew across the river and then was gone.

John Moffitt said his son would have loved the tribute.