U.S. Marine pallbearers carry the flag-draped casket with U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Patrick Xavier Jr.’s body during a burial ceremony at the South Florida National Cemetery on Saturday (May 29) in Lake Worth, Florida. 24-year-old Patrick Xavier Jr. was killed May 18th during a ‘hostile incident’ in the Helmand province region of Afghanistan.
Pictured below are his brother Chad Xavier, mother Elizabeth Barolette (holding a folded American flag) and fiance Amani Shaheed.
As we all enjoy the backyard barbecues, the beach or just a plain-old good time, we must remember that Memorial Day is not just an extra day added to our weekend — it’s the holiday which commemorates the men and women who’ve died in military service for this country. So while you’re out having fun with friends and family, make sure to take the time to show some respect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, one of them being Patrick Xavier Jr.