Family and friends looked on as fallen Army Specialist Christian Romig received full military honors in Belle Chase.
It was a hero’s homecoming. “He wanted to serve on the front lines, said the soldier’s father, Lee Romig. “He wanted to be a Calvary scout.”
The kind military families and friends brace for but pray never happens. “A 19, 20, 21 year old dies for his country and a family looses a child there’s nothing, god just didn’t prepare you to bury your son,” said Patriot Guard Rider, Mike Oliver.
Army specialist Christian Romig was killed last week by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
“He’d been telling me the last several weeks they had been under several fire fights and he experienced several explosives in and around their convoys,” Romig Sr. said.
Emotional doesn’t even begin to describe the days since his untimely death for those close to the 24-year old Kenner man.
But here, they celebrate his life and his legacy. “He was all heart, all warrior; short body but just a man of gold,” said Romig’s uncle, Tommy Walker. “He fought for all of our freedoms,” said Romig Sr. “We’re going to miss him dearly. But he died doing what he wanted to do.”
The 2005 grace king high school graduate was just two weeks from coming home for mid-term leave, when he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
It’s considered an honorable death for an honorable man; one who’ll never be forgotten. “He was a great soldier, a great son, and from our perspective a true hero,” Romig Sr. said.
Family and friends will say their final goodbye Saturday.
Services begin at 9:30 am, at Devine Mercy Church in Kenner.