Louisiana hero laid to rest: his life celebrated and remembered

Louisiana hero laid to rest: his life celebrated and remembered
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POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:46pm

A Louisiana hero has been laid to rest.

Specialist Christopher Drake died in Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend. He had only been deployed for a few months and now the Tickfaw-native is being remembered as a hero.

Drake's parents, close friends, even Governor Bobby Jindal spoke about the ultimate price Drake paid for our country.

"We shared a life time together," said Rev. Jermaine Brumfield.

He sacrificed his life for our nation. Now, his life is being celebrated and remembered by hundreds.

"He made the sacrifice for all of you," said Sis. Rose Drake-Hewitt.

He's being remembered by not only his family and friends but also the state of Louisiana.

"I want to thank the family on behalf of the state for raising such a fine young man. Heroes are not simply made they are raised and formed," stated Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal.

Drakes someone who will live on as more than just a memory; he will be remembered as a hero to everyone in our country.

"Heroes like Chris who chooses to run towards danger not away in order for us to be free," noted Governor Jindal.

His sister gave a tribute to her brother and said "you were; no you’re my true angel."

He was also given recognition and medals by the United States Army; the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star for Bravery.

"We're here to celebrate a true hero," said Governor Bobby Jindal.

Drake was laid to rest at a cemetery in Hammond just after the ceremony.

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