WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A young hero was remembered on Sunday at a celebration for the opening of a high school track in West Warwick.
Sgt. Brian St. Germain was killed in action serving in Iraq in 2006; ten years later, his community has gathered to reflect on St. Germain’s ultimate sacrifice and his love for track.
Since 2007, the Sgt. Brian St. Germain Foundation and Brian’s mother Lynn, have been working tirelessly to raise money in order to renovate the track and have it dedicated in honor of Brian.
“Brian was the type of child that would push himself, make his own goals and try to beat them,” explain his mother, Lynn St. Germain Lundh, at Sunday’s dedication.
Just five years before St. Germain died, Brian was a track star at West Warwick High School. Now, that track has a new surface, a new scoreboard, stands, and lights.
“We pray that you will bless this field and all those who will train and compete here for generations to come,” said Major Timothy Borquoin, RI National Guard Chaplain at the event. “May they run with the same passion Brian had. And may they live with the same dedication with which he served.”
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Marine Sgt. David Kinder Jr. served with St. Germain, “I really followed his example as a young Marine, I strived to be like him.”
Kinder met St. Germain’s mother for the first time Sunday to unveil a statue of him in full uniform, they had been communicating online for a decade.
In the stands, a POW/MIA seat remains empty.
“I ask that you reflect. Not on Brian’s death but reflect on the way he lived,” added St. Germain Lundh.
Also at the ceremony, a check presentation for $100,000 from the Sgt. Brian St. Germain Foundation to the town, helping to make all of the improvements possible.