Monday, November 12, 2012
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…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Chris Patterson's family was in Springfield this week as a resolution for him was presented. Patterson gave the ultimate sacrifice on Jan. 6 this year in Afghanistan.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Illinois House rose to their feet this week to recognize a 20 year-old-North Aurora man who did so much for classmates, colleagues and country. The House unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the life, service and sacrifice of Spc. Christopher Patterson. On Jan. 6, Patterson and three other soldiers died when a roadside bomb went off underneath his vehicle. He was 20. To read more about Spc. Patterson, click here. To watch a short video documenting his Jan. 21 memorial service, click here.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The 20-year-old soldier's life was remembered by hundreds of people on Saturday in Batavia. Here are some quotes and pictures from the celebration of life held for him.
Editor's note: There are about 15 images in the photo gallery on this page. To view all of them, place your cursor on the main photo above. Click on one of the gray arrows that appear on the sides. Continue clicking to move through all the photos. The story was updated below with two additional sections. Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church to remember a soldier, student and son that was gone too soon. Spc. Christopher Alexander Patterson died on Jan. 6 in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb detonated underneath a vehicle he was in. Three other soldiers also died in the attack. Patterson, of North Aurora, was honored in multiple ways during a funeral service in the church’s Family Life Center in Batavia. He …