UPDATE: Silent vigil held for fallen Elkhart soldier

Elkhart, Ind. Local veterans held a silent vigil Saturday in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams.

Veterans from northern Indiana, as well as other military supporters traveled to the family home of Williams. The group gave Williams' mother a plaque in remembrance of her son.

He and five others were killed Dec. 17 when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

The soldier's body was returned to Elkhart Friday, where it was greeted by dozens of family, friends and even complete strangers.

"It's important to allow these men never to be forgotten, it's important to honor them," said local veteran Kacey Schlundt. "And, it's important to let their family know that the fellow veterans in the area and, around the world even, there's never one person that isn't thought of by the rest of our military community."

Schlundt helped organize a silent vigil for Williams. At 1 p.m. Saturday, a group will meet at the VFW 360 in Mishawaka. People are encouraged to bring candles and yellow ribbons.

The group will drive from the VFW to Elkhart, where they'll hold a silent vigil in front of Williams' parents' home.

"They're our number one focus, they're our number one priority, and I want them to know and I want everybody else to know don't be sad about this man, honor him and honor his family," Schlundt said.


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