24-year-old Sergeant Blair Emery, a native of Lee, was killed by a roadside bomb Friday, November 30th, during his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Despite Thursday’s bitterly cold temperatures family, friends, fellow veterans, and even people who didn’t know Emery lined Main Street in Lincoln, as the hearse carrying his body made it’s way to the Clay Funeral Home.
Emery’s return started in Bangor, where state police troopers and Penobscot county sheriff’s deputies escorted him and his family north on interstate 95 to the Lincoln exit.
From there, Lincoln police and fire crews, along with the Lee fire department, escorted him the rest of the way, on his final ride home.
This is the second time in six months that the community has rallied in support of a fallen soldier.
Sergeant Joel House, who also grew up in Lee, died while serving Iraq back in June.
His father, Paul House, was among the people who met Sergeant Emery’s body in Bangor Thursday afternoon.
Flags across the state will fly half-staff Friday in honor of Sergeant Blair Emery.
Family and friends are invited to remember Emery at a viewing Friday night from seven to nine at the Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln.
a full military funeral is scheduled for tomorrow starting at noon at the lee academy gym…
a private burial will be held next spring.