Tuesday Life Celebration for Patrick Feeks Follows Monday Procession
Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks’ procession rolled into Edgewater Monday morning. Despite the cloudy weather, crowds of people showed up to pay their respect. Moms and dads, young adults, grandparents, teens and children lined the route along Southbound Route 2. Some were solemn, some waved flags, some saluted.
Police and Maryland Patriot Guard were in place just in case protestors showed up—although there was a rumor that Westboro Baptist Church would come out. Thankfully, they didn’t.
The procession began at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where all U.S. military remains are returned to American soil.
Patrick Feeks, 28, was a Class of 2002 graduate of South River High School in Edgewater. He enlisted in the Navy in 2006. From there, he underwent training to become a Navy SEAL, a lifelong dream. In May of 2008, he received his SEAL Trident and was assigned to a West Coast based SEAL Team, Coronado, California.
Feeks died in a helicopter crash on Aug. 16 in Kandahar, Northern Afghanistan along with six others. Feeks had served two deployments (2008 and 2010) to Iraq and this was to be his final deployment.
Feeks was an avid reader, an aggressive bicyclist and triathlete and shooter, according to his page on the Kalas Funeral Home website. Visit the site to leave a message in the guestbook for family and friends.
Feeks is survived by his wife, Emily, his parents Thomas and Virginia and his sister Lieutenant Junior Grade Regina Feeks, US Navy.
Friends are invited to Patrick’s Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, (Sept. 4), at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:45pm on Wednesday, (Sept. 5) at the Ft. Meyer Memorial Chapel, 101 McNair Road, Arlington, VA. Internment at Arlington National Cemetery.
Here are some twitter images and videos from those who attended the arrival of this morning’s procession from Dover:
- @TracyMWSweeney -Edgewater’s youth remembering US Navy SEAL Patrick Feeks. instagr.am/p/PHXaq3PY7I/
@StreetBikeTommy - Welcoming home and showing support for fallen soldier Patrick Feeks USN SEAL http://instagr.am/p/PHVSkUjXep/ @ABC7News -Fallen Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks is honored in Edgewater, Md. http://wj.la/UlZxUW
@eyeonannapolis -Feeks Procession Arrives In Edgewater (VIDEO) http://bit.ly/OIbG49
@amaxsmith“ @WTOP Procession for #MD Navy #SEAL this morning in #AnneArundel County – Begins in Delaware, ends in #Edgewater http://bit.ly/TQDQui“