|11/8/2009 9:12:00 PM|
Kiel gathers to remember a fallen hero
Memory of Kruegs honored at candlelight vigil
|Kiel came together Sunday evening to share memories of Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger, a native daughter, who lost her life in service to country this past week.|
Krueger, 29, was killed in the Ft. Hood shootings that took place Thursday. She was a member of the 467th Medical Detachment, based out of Madison, WI.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, a procession of family and friends walked with candlelight from their gathering place at the Gravel Pit to Veteran's Park along the Sheboygan River.
Led by a group of motorcyclists known as the Freedom Riders, and an escort from the 467th and the Kiel Fire Department, the long procession of candles wound its way west along East Fremont Street. A crowd of well over 1,000 people overflowed on the streets as friends, family and fellow soldiers paid tribute to the memory of "Kruegs" as she was affectionately know by her friends.
Kristin Thayer, a friend who recently completed her own stint in the military, asked Kiel to remember "Kruegs."
"As we gather her tonight, I know "Kruegs" is looking down on us from heaving and is very thankful to see all the support you have shown, not only for her, but also her family.
"Amy not only was the most unselfish person I have ever met, but she was also the happiest person I have ever known.
"One thing we can all agree upon is that Amy wore the most beautiful smile on her face that would light up any room. I ask you all right now to look up into the heavens and know that Amy is still wearing that smile.
Thayer continued, saying "She was proud to serve her country and would not take any of her sacrifices back. Please embrace that smile and never forget it."
"We all love you very much and will miss you every minute of every day. We are proud of the sacrifice you have given to your country and all of us here tonight. You are the definition of a true American hero. We salute you."
KIel Mayor Bob Werdeo, Jr., acquainted with Amy through nieces and nephews extended his condolences to the Krueger family, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy's family. The grief they must be enduring at this time of great tragedy is unfathomable. But we could not be more proud of such an amazing person. Amy was a high energy young woman who enjoyed life to the fullest. Her strong will and determination along with her ever-present loving smile was her signature in life."
He added, "Amy......Kruegs, this world is definitely a lesser place without you in it and you will be forever remembered and loved."
If you care to share a memory or a story about Amy please use the comment form below.
See Thursday's Tri-County News for a full account of Sunday's candlelight vigil service.
Posted: Monday, November 9, 2009
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Justin and Kristin Groh
Amy loved music, she loved life. She was the kind of friend everyone wishes to have. We grew up together. She was a jokester and also a philosopher of words. She loved sports. Amy was one of the most strong shouldered people you would ever meet. She loved her country. She loved her family, she loved her friends, she lived to love. She will be in everyones hearts forever. We love you Amy.
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