HODGDON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The death of a loved one is never easy. Since the War on Terror began in 2001 more than 50 families in Maine have received the news that their son or daughter was killed serving their country. The family of Sergeant First Class Aaron Henderson being one of them.
Henderson was killed on October 2, 2012 after he stepped on a roadside bomb during his last deployment to Afghanistan. The 1997 graduate of Hodgdon High School loved the outdoors and sports. His mother Chris Henderson, says his biggest passion was his job.
"He wasn't ready to be done with it," said Chris. "He wanted to continue with the job he had been doing."
His funeral service at Houlton High School drew around 1,200 people. Thousands more came out in the streets, flags in hand, to welcome the soldier home.
"It was quite a sight to see and it made this momma's heart proud to know that they came out to honor him," said Chris.
In the past year over 600 cards and letters have flooded the Henderson mailbox. It's that kind of support that has reminded the family what kind of a man Aaron was. Memories his brother Sam will always cherish.
"He was my little brother, but he's also my hero," said Sam. "I look at that and I try to live a positive outlook like he did."
Family and friends of the Henderson family often gather at Chris's dinner table to share memories about Aaron and reflect on the past year.
"It's hard, but you get your frame of mind in that and say choose life," said Chris.