BRANT LAKE -- People in the region are approaching today and tomorrow with a deep sense of sadness for the loss of U.S. Army soldier Jeremiah Monroe, who was killed while on duty last week in Afghanistan.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today, Friday Sept. 25, at the Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Pine St. Chestertown. Funeral services, with full military honors, are tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chestertown.
Crowds are expected at both events.
People from all walks of life in the region are already recognizing Monroe's ultimate sacrifice.
When Jeremiah's body was transported Wednesday back to Warren County, dozens of people stood in the rain while his casket was unloaded from the plane at the Floyd Bennett Airport.
Soon after, a procession of vehicles bearing family members drove through Warrensburg, and people lined the sidewalks to pay their respects, recognizing the fallen soldier's patriotism by bearing American flags.
In Chestertown, Jeremiah's remains were welcomed home in a somber tribute with dozens of veterans, law enforcement personnel, soldiers, townspeople and citizens from neighboring communities lining the streets to pay their respects.
A contingent of the Patriot Guard motorcyclists escorted the hearse, along with Warren County sheriff's patrol cars and a contingent of state Troopers.
All week, Jeremiah's passing has been weighing heavily on people's minds.
They've not only been grieving his death, but remembering him with fondness, for his warm heart, friendly attitude and easygoing sense of humor.
But above all, they are thinking of how he made the decision, out of a sense of honor and duty, to serve in the military -- to stand up for our freedom and security of us all.