Fallen North Aurora Soldier Honored at HS Veterans Day Ceremony
A video tribute was presented to remember 20-year-old Chris Patterson, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in January during a mission in Afghanistan.
A local high school paid tribute during a Veterans Day ceremony to a 2009 graduate gone too soon.
A video tribute for Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora was presented Friday at West Aurora High School, the Daily Herald reports. Patterson's parents Bob and Mary, who works at the school, were present for the ceremony.
Patterson was a Valparaiso University student and Indiana National Guardsman when his guard unit was called for duty in 2011. On January 6, 2012, Patterson and three other soldiers died when an improvised explosive device went off underneath their vehicle. Patterson was 20 years old.
Various pictures of Patterson were shown during the ceremony. Calligraphy artist Timothy Botts drew a mural to be presented to Patterson's parents, according to the Herald.
Prior to Patterson's Jan. 21 visitation, his body was driven in a procession past Jefferson Middle and West Aurora High schools. Hundreds of people lined up outside to pay their respect to their student, classmate and friend.