Updated 08/04/2012 08:15 PM
Funeral Held for Soldier Theodore Glende
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Family and friends paid their final respects to Army Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende.
His funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester.
For just about every soldier that's made the ultimate sacrifice, there are hundreds of tears.
"These are three kids I've buried in the last year," said Tim Yetter as he pointed to three wrist bands on his arm. "And I think that's why this is so emotional for me."
"The hero is only 23 years old and it's getting to the point now where we really seriously have to think about pulling our troops out and getting these kids home," said Yetter, who is a Patriot Guard Ride Captain.
Nearly ninety Patriot Guard riders escorted Army Specialist Theo Matthew Glende's body and his family to what would be his last roll call.
"Very, very sobering, very difficult to watch," said Will Palmer of Penfield.
Yet Palmer says for the last six months he's watched and welcomed every local fallen soldier home with his flag and a silent salute.
"Every one of these that I've gone to; it's an indescribable feeling," said Palmer. "It's a feeling of pride, it's a feeling of sadness, but at the same time thanking them and appreciating everything they've done for each and every one of us."
During Glende's funeral service he was described as a man who wanted nothing more than to protect his country.
"I can't say enough good things about Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende," said Brigadier General Ted Martin of the U.S. Army. "He's everything we dream about when we think about what kind of soldier we want to serve for our Army, for our country."
Glende was killed when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan. His family was told by the Army he made the ultimate sacrifice right after saving the lives of at least five other fellow soldiers.
"On the 27th of July, Private First Class Glende lost his life trying to save a life of another soldier. He is a warrior. He will be missed. We will never forget him," said Martin.
Glende recently married in April. Prior to the Army he was a McQuaid High School graduate and a student at Niagara University. He will be missed by the more than 200 mourners who attended his service.
"I've never seen such an outpouring of love, both from everybody in Rochester. This is an unbelievable town," said Martin.
As Glende was escorted to his final resting place, loved ones say he'll forever be remembered as a hero.