The Memory of a Lee Soldier Lives on 

Family and friends gathered in Lee today to keep the memory of Sergeant Joel House alive.House was killed in 2007 while serving in Iraq.And as Meghan Hayward tells us his sacrifice is still helping others.” Very quiet but when he did say something it was usually funny and everyone listened because he rarely said anything.”” One of those guys that let his actions speak for him rather than his words.”Two years after Joel House was killed in Iraq his quiet and caring personality is still remembered by his family.And now thanks to a scholarship in his name, his memory will live on forever.”What we do is ask them to send in an application with an essay. And the essay topic this year was called why freedom isn’t free.”Scholarship recipients receive money toward any summer camp of their choice.Family members say it helps them remember the outdoorsy person Joel was.” We would spend every summer almost every day at the lake so I would probably say when I come to the lake it definitely reminds me of joel.”The super raffle being held at Saturday’s event is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships.And the number of people that turn out at every event still surprises Joel’s mother Deanna House.” It always overwhelms me. It is just so amazing to see the support this community has pulled together and supported us with.”Joel’s father Paul House says Joel would not have understood what all the fuss was about.” He wouldn’t like the attention. He’d say what are you doing? That would be his remark.”A fun loving, guitar-playing man who is still helping others.” We just appreciate his sacrifice. It’s really hard to go on living without him. It makes it so much better knowing that in some small way Joel’s sacrifices that he made for all of us he’s continuing to make that sacrifice.”