Sadly, we lost a young hero last weekend. One of our very own, PFC Miguel Villalon, lost his life while serving our nation on duty in Afghanistan. Our prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.
Miguel was a young soldier with dreams for the future and a desire to make a difference in the world today. Much like all of us who have left our hometown of Aurora to serve our country, our goal is to do our job well and return to our family and friends. Sadly, Miguel made the ultimate sacrifice as he protected our freedom from the front lines. The City of Lights shines much dimmer because of this loss.
In memory of this courageous young man, we fly our flags at half-staff in Aurora from sunset yesterday through the first sunrise after he is laid to rest. This is a solemn reminder of his sacrifice and service. We will not forget his bravery and dedication to our nation.
We have been in direct communication with his mother and will stand in support of her and their family during this tragic time.
Godspeed, young soldier.
Mayor Richard C. Irvin