BLAKELY, Ga. (WTVY) - 1st Lieutenant Weston Lee was greeted by hundreds on Friday, May 12th in Blakely for his procession through town. Emotions were high and so was the American flag as Lee made his way home.
"To have everybody come together like they did to honor his memory and give their condolences to his mother and father… it speaks volumes,” said Mayor Anthony Howard.
The town was painted red, white and blue as friends, neighbors and children gathered around the square to honor the fallen hero. The 25 year old was killed in Iraq on April 29th from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol.
After the wind blew a tear in the flag that hung outside the courthouse, the community was quick to lend a helping hand. Nearly twenty men clung to the bottom of the flag to show their support for not only Lee, but our country. A flood of emotions poured through the streets, but the tear represented much more for the people of Blakely.
"One lady told me that the rip in the flag represented the broken hearts of his mother and father,” said Mayor Howard.
"When the flag ripped, it reminded me of the Star Spangled Banner and Francis Scott Key. The fact that our flag was torn and ripped to shreds… but it was never broken,” added Blakely resident Deanna Doswell.
There will be a memorial service at Early County High School on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 p.m. The funeral will follow at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.