HODGDON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The death of a loved one is nevereasy. Since the War on Terror began in 2001 more than 50 families in Maine have received the news that their son or daughterwas killedserving their country. The family of Sergeant First Class Aaron Henderson being one of them.
Henderson was killed on October 2, 2012 after hestepped ona roadside bombduring 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 friendsof 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.