Local solider remembered on Memorial Day

May 26, 2008 6:13:58 PM PDT
Memorial Day may be about honoring fallen veterans, but in Walnut Creek, the ceremony focused on the recent death of Corporal Sean Langevin in Afghanistan. His parents, his widow and the six-month-old daughter he never met were among the more than 400 people gathered at Civic Park.

23 year old Sean Langevin left Walnut Creek for Afghanistan last May and on this Memorial Day, he is the fallen soldier being honored.

"Today, we are post-humously honoring our second fallen patriot, Corporal Sean Langevin, whose supreme sacrifice on the field in Afghanistan, brings into sharp focus the true meaning of Memorial Day," says Walnut Creek Mayor Gwen Regalia.

Also there was Langevin's wife and his six-month-old daughter, Zoe, whom he never got to meet.

Corporal Langevin was an Eagle Scout, graduating from Ygnacio Valley High School. He deployed for Afghanistan as a sawgunner and was wounded last August. Back in action, he died in an ambush last November.

His mother proudly showed off her son's two purple hearts and two bronze stars with valor, but this was a difficult day for his family.

"He truly did some heroic things that I, as his father, could hardly believe of his son," says Drew Langevin.

Over 400 citizens came to pay their respects to Langevin and other veterans in Walnut Creek.

"I love to see the support, that's the most important thing and that's what Sean would have loved," says wife Jessica Langevin.

As a final gesture, his family added a personalized cross to the vast Lafayette hillside that has turned into a memorial.

"We're not as connected to the war. We're so fortunate. Because look at what we have, we're surrounded by beauty, we have freedom, so something like this, I think brings it closer to home," says his mother Roxane Langevin.


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