Lt. Col. Michael Backus
Courtesy: Maine Army National Guard
FARMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than five hundred people gathered Sunday to say goodbye to Lt. Col. Michael Backus.
Backus died last Monday while performing regular duties at Camp Keyes in Augusta. He dedicated twenty-two years to military service. He flew helicopters during a deployment to Iraq in 2003, and also held high-ranking command positions in the National Guard.
During the service, the pastor read letters Backus had written to his family during his deployment. The service showed that while Backus valued his service to his country, he cherished his wife and three boys above everything else.
"Colonel Backus was not only a professional soldier, but he had a full and complete perspective on life," Major Michael Steinbuchel said. "He understood that it's not only important to be dedicated at work, but be dedicated at home."
Flags were flown at half staff at National Guard facilities throughout the weekend.