Arizona sailor laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery - New York News

Arizona sailor laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted: Updated: Dec 18, 2013 09:59 PM
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A Navy sailor and the son of a member of the FOX 10 family was laid to rest at Arlington in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and Christian Pike's family and friends gathered to say goodbye one last time.

He was buried with full military honors.  The 31-year-old Pike was a Chief Petty Officer who grew up in Peoria was shot during a ferocious firefight in Afghanistan March 10th.

His urn will for eternity will take its place in the hallowed grounds of Arlington's Section 60, where our nation's most recent war heroes lay.

Among those at this solemn ceremony were Pike's sister and fiancée, as well as his mother Diana, who is the human resources director here at FOX 10.

In her eulogy at his memorial service in Arizona some months ago and now posted on Christian's memorial page on Facebook, Diana wrote: "He was living the life he chose and he was so happy.  Happiness is all a parent wants for their children, and I am blessed by that happiness."

Pike was engaged to Morgan Lockner.  She now carries a piece of jewelry created from a lock of her hair and some of Christian's ashes.

"And to see those two together... in a diamond... in a rock... and knowing that his physical body is actually still here with me and not gone," she said.

Diana also has a piece of that special  jewelry engraved with the letters NBD -- the initials of one of Christian's favorite sayings when friends showered him with praise: no big deal.

"The world goes on.. you know.. and we have to let it go on.. but it reminds me that he's still here.. that he lived a brave.. he lived a brave life and he was a good man.. even if the world goes on without him," said Diana.

Chief Petty Officer Pike's remains were brought home earlier this year.  Stacey Noel stood alongside the roadway, paying tribute to a young man she never met.

"And you know... each and every day we need to appreciate the sacrifices that these soldiers make for our country and the sacrifices their families make for this country," she said.

Christian Pike -- a boy who grew to be a man and died for his country.

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