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Boots 66 honors Chris Birdwell with special ceremony at Windsor High School

James Redmond
jredmond@greeleytribune.com

Chris Birdwell had a great sense of humor and it drew people to him.

Letters and memories from family and friends Friday highlighted the sparkling wit of the 2005 Windsor High School graduate and U.S. Army sergeant killed Aug. 27, 2012, in Kalagush, Afghanistan.

More than 100 people filled the bleachers and space around the Windsor High School football stadium Friday afternoon for the special "Thank You For My Freedom Tour" ceremony honoring Birdwell and all the Colorado veterans who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It was a beautiful day," said his mother Pam Birdwell. "I'm sure Chris was watching over us."

Denver-based Boots 66 and Fallen Heroes Remembered made Windsor their first stop on a tour around the state honoring fallen Colorado veterans, said Alan Wobbeking after the Windsor High School choir opened the ceremony with a performance of the National Anthem.

After setting a table for one to honor and remember the servicemen and women listed prisoners of war and missing in action Wobbeking invited the audience to the football field to join in performing 22 push-ups in recognition of the 22 veterans who kill themselves each day.

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Uniformed members of Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue, high school choir students in formal attire and Birdwell's family all went down to the field for the physical gesture of support.

Timothy Davis of Fallen Heroes Remembered shared emails detailing memories of Chris Birdwell he has spent the last year collecting in a 'fallen hero' bible with photos and stories for the Birdwell family. Many included comedic anecdotes and tales of funny experiences.

Pam Birdwell said she feels honored that so many people took the time to remember her son. She still remembers and thinks of him every day, she said, and each time she does she hears his laugh.

2016 Thank You For My Freedom Tour

To learn more about Fallen Heroes Remembered, Boots 66 and the 2016 Thank You For My Freedom Tour go to http://www.fallenheroeshonored.org.