Rolesville Honors Veterans and Recent Fallen Soldier

Veterans Day 2016

PHOTOS BY NATHALIE FUERST

— Lisa Brown • lisa.brown@rolesvillebuzz.com • December 2016

Veterans Day in Rolesville is celebrated like many around the state and nation: with a somber and proud salute to the men and women who have served our country. This past Veterans Day was especially difficult as town officials, local religious leaders and residents gathered at the Veterans Memorial site to honor a resident, Capt. Andrew Byers, who was killed under enemy fire in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on November 3.

Byers served in the Army for 8½ years and was a highly decorated Special Forces officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart posthumously.

Byer’s family, originally from Buffalo, New York, relocated to Rolesville and now consider it home. The family, not present at the service, had gone back to New York to gather with other family members and make arrangements for his funeral. Byers will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mayor Frank Eagles, himself a veteran, made a proclamation to have flags fly at half-staff in honor of Byers.

“I’m glad to see such a good turnout to honor our veterans and Captain Byers,” Mayor Frank Eagles said.

The Hylton family of Wake Forest, with father David, mother Kelly and children Drew and Tyler, were in attendance to pay homage. Kelly Hylton’s father fought in Desert Storm, and she felt it is important to bring her children, who were home from school for the holiday, to the service.

“We’ve had family serve, and we’re very fortunate to have them all come home. Lots of families don’t have that,” David Hylton said.

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