TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — This Memorial Day weekend, members of the American Legion Post 2 Patriot Guard, as well as local and state law enforcement, helped honor a fallen soldier from Terre Haute who died earlier this month in a non-combat related incident in Iraq.
The remains of Sgt. Christopher Curry, a 23-year-old Terre Haute native, arrived in Indianapolis Saturday morning where the Patriot Guard and Indiana State Police were waiting to serve as escorts on the journey back to Terre Haute.
“I have the honor this Memorial Day weekend along with the Patriot Guard, escorting Sergeant Christopher Curry who lost his life on May 4th in Iraq from a non-combat related incident,” ISP PIO Sgt. Matt Ames tweeted.
Randy Dyer, a ride captain for the Indiana Patriot Guard said the community should use this time to reflect.
“It’s pretty ironic that Sgt. Curry is coming home on memorial day weekend. I would like for you all to reflect on what this is going to mean for the family from hear on. Every memorial day they’re going to remember what the sacrifices are,” said Dyer.
Veterans and the public lined the streets of Wabash Avenue and 25th Street to pay their respect to the fallen soldier as his remains arrived at Callahan Hughes Funeral Home in Terre Haute.
Dyer said as a veteran it was important for him to honor Sgt. Curry.
“It is a great honor to respect a fallen solider in this way. I’m a Vietnam veteran and it’s more important to me to assure that these heroes get the welcoming that they deserve,” he said.
Michael Egy, administrative coordinator for the Loyal Veterans Battalion, said the community’s support is needed during times like this.
“Anytime a community loses someone like this, it’s very important that the community steps up and shows support to the family and to the friends and to the individual that made that sacrifice,” Egy said.
Curry was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.