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Chicopee Veterans Community remember Master Sgt.Luis Deleon-Figueroa

Chicopee Veterans Community remember Master Sgt.Luis Deleon-Figueroa


BELCHERTOWN POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT. ANC: MEMBERS OF THE CHICOPEE VETERANS COMMUNITY ARE REMEMBERING MASTER SERGEANT LUIS DELEON- FIGUEROA, A CHICOPEE NATIVE KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN WEDNESDAY. ANC: 22NEWS REPORTER HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME EXPLAINS WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IN HIS HONOR REPORTER: FLAGS HERE IN CHICOPEE HAVE BEEN FLOWN AT HALF MAST, AND THE MASTER SERGEANT’S BODY WAS RETURNED TO US SOIL TODAY. IT WAS A RAINY DAY AT DOVER AIR FORCE BASE IN DELEWARE AS THE BODIES OF MASTER SERGEANTS JOSE GONZALEZ, AND LUIS DELEON-FIGUEROA, A CHICOPEE NATIVE, WERE RETURNED TO US SOIL. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE WAS THERE DURING THE DIGNIFIED TRANSPORT OF THE TWO GREEN BERETS. BROUGHT BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN, AFTER BEING KILLED DURING SMALL ARMS FIRE WEDNESDAY. MASTER SERGEANT DELEON-FIGUEROA WAS KILLED JUST SHY OF HIS THIRTY SECOND BIRTHDAY, ON AUGUST 23RD. “WAY TOO YOUNG TO GO LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW? I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK ABOUT IT” MAYOR KOS ORDERED FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN CHICOPEE, AND SPOKE AT A CITY CELEBRATION ASKING FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE ON BEHALF OF THE FALLEN SOLDIER. “I ASK EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU TO BOW YOUR HEADS AND REFLECT ON THE SYMPATHIES FOR HIS FAMILY AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH” CHICOPEE’S VETERANS SERVICES DIRECTOR SAID SHE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH A CASUALTY ASSISTANCE OFFICER AND DELEON-FIGUEROA’S FAMILY AS THEY PREPARE TO BRING HIM HOME. “HE GREW UP IN CHICOPEE, HE GRADUATED CHICOPEE HIGH. ACTUALLY, TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY. WE HAD A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HIS HONOR. CHICOPEE IS REALLY GOOD ABOUT MAKING SURE WE HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE THAT WE HAVE LOST, AND TAKING CARE OF THOSE GOLD STAR FAMILIES THAT ARE LEFT BEHIND” THE MONUMENT TO THE WAR ON TERROR IN CHICOPEE REMEMBERS THE NAMES OF SIX RESIDENTS WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTS OF TERRORISM. DELEON- FIGUEROA BECOMES THE FIFTH SERVICE MEMBER FROM THE CITY KILLED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN. VETERANS IN CHICOPEE HOPE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HONOR THE SOLDIER ONCE HE IS RETURNED HOME “PEOPLE TO COME OUT ON THE DAY THEY BRING HIS BODY BACK TO TOWN. STAND THERE AND HONOR THE MAN THAT DIED TO KEEP YOU FREE” REPORTER: THE VETERANS SERVICES AGENT HERE IN CHICOPEE SAID SHE BELIEVES THE MASTER-SERGEANT WILL BE RETURNED TO CHICOPEE EARLY NEXT WEEK, AND IF THE FAMILY WISHES, INFORMATION ON SERVICES WILL BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. IN CHICOPEE HAYLEY


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