Patrick Feeks, Navy SEAL, honored in Edgewater
It’s a homecoming fit for a hometown hero.
On Monday, red, white and blue flags and people lined the streets of Edgewater, Md. to honor Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks. Feeks was killed on August 16th in Afghanistan.
“We just felt compelled to show our support and that's why we are here,” says Lynsey Woody.
The 28 year old was in a helicopter that crashed during a firefight with insurgents.
Feek's family says he loved being a Navy Seal. He had already completed two tours of duty in Iraq and had been in Afghanistan since last December.
On Monday, the procession carrying Feeks’ remains made the trip from Dover Air Force Base to his hometown in Anne Arundel County.
The scene was especially emotional for Pat and Kathy Dougherty. Their nephew graduated from the Naval Academy and is training to be a SEAL.
“I just thank God that we never had to experience this but we are so proud of them,” Kathy Dougherty says.
Tyra Mims brought her two small children to watch the procession. While there is no school Monday, she says this is still a teachable moment.
“Family tradition for us to be as patriotic as possible,” Mims says.
While this type of homecoming isn’t what this community wanted, they say their hearts and thoughts are with Feek's family as they prepare to say their final goodbyes.
A viewing for Feeks will be held on Tuesday.
A funeral service will be at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel in Arlington.
Then Feeks will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
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