Emotions ran high as the casket of United States Army Specialist Christian Romig was carried out of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Kenner. Surrounded by family, friends, and veterans the 24-year-old graduate of Grace King High School left us too soon.
Vietnam Veteran James White says, “He’s only a month older than my youngest daughter, that hurt. I’m sitting there and I’m watching this plane pull up on the tarmac there and it’s like, that could be one of mine.”
It was an extraordinary homecoming as his body arrived in Belle Chasse Friday.
Specialist Romig enlisted in the Army in 2008. He fulfilled his commitment in June, but decided to stay with his platoon. Romig was scheduled to return in just weeks.
His father Lee Romig, Sr. remembers, “He was a great soldier, a great son, and from our perspective a true hero.”
Archbishop Gregory Aymond was here this morning paying his respects to Specialist Romig. Also here were many of his sister’s co-workers; she works with us at ABC26 News.
ABC26 Sports Director Ed Daniels says,” You see so much coverage on television and the newspapers and on the radio about the war and you pay attention, but you really don’t pay attention and then it comes home to your neighborhood. You know, it’s a whole different deal.”
Army Specialist Christian Romig was killed on January 5th by an IED while fighting for his country in Afghanistan. Now back in his hometown of Kenner, the 24-year-old will be eternally remembered for who he is a hero.
Army Specialist Christian Romig’s name will be added to a memorial at Veterans Park near Kenner City Hall.