Monday morning, Governor Bobby Jindal joined the friends and family of Christopher Drake, the Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in Afghanistan over the Memorial Day weekend, for Drake’s funeral.
Jindal told the crowd at the Eagle Heights Community Church in Tickfaw to remember Drake as a hero who gave his life in service for others.
The governor also told the crowd that part of what made Drake a hero was the guardsman’s family.
“To the friends and family that are here, I want to thank you on behalf of a grateful state and a grateful country for raising such a fine young man. Because heroes aren’t simply born; they are raised, they are formed,” Jindal told the crowd.
He also gave Drake’s family a flag that flew over the Capitol building in Drake’s honor.
Drake was killed when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.