Fallen soldier arrives home: honored by community
HAMMOND, La (NBC33) — A Louisiana Soldier who died serving our country over the Memorial Day weekend was honored today.
Tuesday, June 4, Chris Drake's family patiently waited for his body to be brought home. He died in Afghanistan on May 26, only six weeks after he left for his deployment. The community is remembering his contributions to keep us all free.
“I’m very excited to just touch him and be with him and make closure to let him know mom’s here," said Chris Drake’s mother, Rose Drake.
Rose is a mother of three and now a mother to one young man who will be remembered by the nation as a true hero.
"He did it for the whole world. He touched a lot a lot of people and that meant a lot to me,” noted Drake. “That’s where my strength is coming from."
Hundreds of military veterans got on their bikes and followed Drake’s body from Hammond, all the way to the funeral home in Denham Springs.
“Everyone of them is a 20 or 21 year old son of a mother who unexpectedly is killed over seas and it’s tough for us to deal with it, you can imagine the family," said Military Veteran, Mike Oliver.
With military and law enforcement close behind as well, the procession was a tribute to his service to our country.
"It's never easy when we loose a military, but of course the small community of Tickfaw, it really hits home and makes people upset," said Tickfaw Assistant Police Chief, Frank Dibenedetto.
Even though a son, soldier, fiancée, and brother is now gone, Drake's mother says all she has to do is accept and respect what has happened.
"I'm not upset with God for taking him. I am actually happy the days I am thinking about him but I am happy he's going home to be with our savior."
Rose says that Chris wanted to be a mechanical engineer and the army was an easy way to pay for school. She also told NBC33 he had never been away from home until he left this past April.