Hundreds mourn Colorado church member killed in Afghanistan
Hundreds of mourners gathered Sept. 7 to pay their respects to Staff Sgt. Christopher Birdwell.
Birdwell, 25, died Aug. 27 in Kalagush, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from enemy small arms fire, the Army said. He and his three younger siblings grew up in Windsor, Colo., and attended the Windsor Church of Christ, the Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colo., reports.
Kirt Hughett, minister for the Windsor church, spoke during the memorial service, Coloradoan.com reported.
(Hughett) said it’s people such as Birdwell who protect American freedoms, not the poets who practice free speech, the reporters who exercise freedom of the press nor the politicians who court votes. Hughett urged mourners to thank the uniformed men and women attending Friday’s service.
And then he closed his remarks by quoting Birdwell: “In the words of Chris, peace out.”