Updated: 4/25/2014 9:12 pm
VICTORIA – On Friday, flags across the state were ordered at half staff by Governor Rick Perry to honor fallen soldier Kerry Danyluk. The 27-year-old Cuero native died on April 15th due to injuries sustained while in combat in Afghanistan.
Hundreds from around the Crossroads attended the memorial for Army Specialist Kerry Danyluk today at the Faith Family Church. Several veterans and service members went to honor the fallen soldier.
Facility director, Danny Pena said this memorial is important to him for several reasons.
"I'm the facility director at Faith Family Church and today we are honoring a fallen soldier. I'm a former marine, master sergeant and I did fight tours on Iraq. So, I know he paid the ultimate price," said Pena.
Many other veterans like, George Kullick from Goliad’s Post 193, came to show their respect for the war hero.
“We're paying our final respect to a brother that gave his life for the people of the United States of America serving in the military. We consider it a great honor to serve our country,” said Kullick.
Patriot Guard Rider, Oscar Pena, organized his group of motorcycle bikers not only to honor Danyluk, but also to encourage the grieving family.
“To render the honor and respect that he deserves that's the primary reason but also to support the family because when people serve in the military their families always have to sacrifice."
Father, Ken Danyluk, was moved to tears when describing his gratitude for the support of those in attendance and also the entire Crossroads community.
"Never in my life had I dreamed that I would be part of a processional like this . . . you see them all over and the tremendous coverage that the tv stations and the papers give and I'm part of it. I am just in awe, I'm awe-strucken."
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