Fallen hero honored during National Armed Forces Day
WINDBER, Pa. (WJAC) -- Saturday the country paid tribute to the extraordinary men and women who serve our nation in all branches of the military.
Dozens showed up in Windber for National Armed Forces Day, to pay tribute to technical sergeant John "Chappy" Chapman and all the service members lost in Afghanistan from western Pennsylvania.
The organization called Operation Vet NOW organized the Fallen Heroes Run from Greensburg to Windber.
Chapman served in the Air Force during Operation Anaconda.
He was killed in action in March 2002 in Afghanistan.
He was awarded the Air Force cross and is being upgraded to a congressional medal of honor recipient for his bravery in combat.
"It's a huge honor. It just goes to show that his memory's not forgotten and we won't forget about him,” said Jim Novak, Chapman’s brother-in-law. “It's surreal. You can't even explain what it means to you for have everybody come out and see him today."
The local Windber VFW provided a 21-gun salute and played taps.