Paying respects to a fallen warrior

I was out near MacDill AFB earlier today, an old buddy called to let me know that a fallen warrior from the greater Tampa area would be brought in and people were allowed to show respect along side of the road on the route the hearse would take.

This took place prior to the news of the attacks on Fort Hood. I am sure the fallen warriors there will also be remembered but I wanted to give Army Specialist. Eric Lembke his due respect and a heart felt thank you, he has earned it.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (Bay News 9) — A plane carrying the body of 25-year-old Army Spc. Eric Lembke arrived at Macdill AFB Thursday afternoon followed by a procession to the funeral home.

Dozens of people gathered near the spot known as Patriots Corner on Bayshore Blvd. to pay their respects.
-There were thousands more on the base showing respect, lined up from the airfield to the gate. BTW, members of the Bayshore patriots line up at Patriots Corner on Bayshore Blvd every Friday to honor our military, rain or shine, hot or cold. They have stood their vigil for years.
Lembke was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 23 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Marcia Moran, the wife of a member of the military, took her children out of school so they could all pay their respects.

“This is somebody who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Moran said. “It’s an emotional thing and we’re a military family and it could have been any of us.”

The Department of Defense says Lembke was killed when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

The thought hits close to home for Jessica Bennett, the wife of a Hillsborough County deputy and mother of two.

“If you’re a wife and a mother and you have somebody that’s close to you that’s doing a dangerous job; firefighter, police work, soldier, I think that stories like this really kind of touch your heart,” Bennett said.

The funeral will take place at the First Baptist Church in Plant City on Saturday.

Lembke joined the Army in January of 2008 and worked as a combat engineer. He was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He previously served as a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
-Job well done – your mission complete. Rest in Peace soldier.

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6 Comments on “Paying respects to a fallen warrior”

  1. islams not for me Says:

    May our fallen REST in Peace!

  2. Poopyhead Says:

    Disgusting how fine people like this must die for crazies who don’t give a damn about anything except sending the whole world back 2000 years.

  3. az_conservative Says:

    May G-d welcome Spc. Lembke home into His loving embrace and grant peace to his family.

  4. CavMom Says:

    Our Hearts and prayers go out to Spc. Lembke’s family and friends. We will never forget the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.

  5. yonason Says:

    Deepest sympathies with families and friends of the victims, and please G-d the wounded will have a complete and speedy recovery.

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