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VIDEO: Emotion, Celebration at Chris Patterson Memorial Service

Please watch this brief set of footage, which contains tributes and honors from Saturday for the 20-year-old North Aurora soldier. The service was held in Batavia.

This footage was taken on Saturday during the funeral service for Spc. Christopher Patterson at . He lost his life on Jan. 6 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Hit the 'play' button (the triangle icon) in the center of the video box to begin the four-minute clip.

For laptop/desktop viewers, the video box will be at the top of the page. For iPhone/mobile version users, the video box will be at the bottom of the page.

Memorial contributions may be directed to:

Valparaiso University

attn: SPC Christopher A. Patterson Scholarship Fund, Valparaiso University, Office of Advancement

1100 Campus Drive South, Valparaiso, IN 46383

or:

West Aurora High School Music Department

attn: Christopher Patterson Memorial Fund

1201 West New York St., Aurora, IL 60506

To read some quotes and see more images from the funeral service, .

To see our second set of images from the service, .

To read Patterson's full obituary, .

Kim Bahlmann January 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
This was truly an amazing celebration of a even more amazing young man.
Maria January 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Inspiring. We owe so much to the men and women in the military and their families for what they sacrifice. This young man, whom I've never met, has now touched my life with his story, selflessness and bravery.

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