Under the stars and stripes and a sunny blue sky, a hero came home to Benson Sunday.
"He's my hero. He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life," said Gloria Lowell, Sergeant First Class Glenn Lowell's mother.
Glenn Lowell grew up in Benson. The 33 year-old died in a motorcycle accident in Florida on November 10th. But his mother says it was a life lived to the fullest. "He loved people, he loved life, he lived every single day like it was his last and he never wasted anytime," she said.
A decorated soldier for over a decade, Lowell most recently served with the Army Special Forces, one of the most elite and highly specialized groups in the world. He served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
"He always had something he always told me -- always. Over and over and over he said, 'I'm always safe. I'm never in danger.' And I knew that that wasn't true, but it gave me comfort. And the other thing I knew is that he was highly trained, he was very focused and I knew that nothing would happen to him unless it was an uncontrollable accident," Gloria Lowell said.
Lowell said her son was so humble, she didn't find out until recently that he has been awarded the bronze star three times. That's the medal given out for acts of heroism in a combat zone.
Those he served, like Chief Arial Aponte, remember Lowell as a charismatic guy who could make friends with just about anyone. "He had so much to offer, still has so much to offer and I'm glad to call him a friend and a brother. And I'm going to miss him and I can't wait to see him again," he said.
Lowell hasn't lived in Vermont since he joined the Army shortly after graduating Fair Haven Union High School in 1998, but he hasn't been forgotten by those in town. Hundreds came out to say goodbye.
"It's absolutely amazing, but I'm not really surprised because Glenn loved deeply and dearly ever since he was a little boy running these streets," Gloria Lowell said.
"It's shocking because Glenn had a big heart. Glen looked like he was a city boy, but when you come out here, he was not really a city boy. He was a country boy," Chief Ariel Aponte said.
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