DALTON, MA.--Memorial Day has new meaning for the people in Berkshire County. Especially the family of Army Specialist Mitchell Daehling.
"We start this weekend with a painful reminder that those who serve put everything up for this," said Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) through tears following the service.
A funeral with full military honors for the 24 year old Wahconah High School graduate killed in an explosion in Afghanistan on May 14th. Daehling's service to country will be remembered but it is Mitchell, the person, who will be missed the most.
"It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I've lost family members but he was a brother, more than anything," says Gil Tolley, Daehling's college roommate.
The outpouring of respect for the fallen soldier was moving.