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Family says final goodbyes at Northstate soldier's memorial service

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:04:11 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 14 2013 11:45:24 AM CDT

TEHAMA COUNTY

Fallen Red Bluff soldier Nicholas Burley's memorial service was held on Tuesday.

NEVADA CITY, Calif. -

Family and friends gathered on Tuesday to honor a fallen Northstate soldier at a memorial service.

As is tradition, a military gun salute and 'taps' played on the trumpet were all part of the procession.

Red Bluff High School graduate Nicholas Burley, 22, was killed in Afghanistan on July 30.

Inside the service at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, it was a packed house with everyone paying their respects to the Army specialist.

His brother, Roseville Firefighter Michael Collins, said Nicholas had a huge impact overseas.

"So many people have been touched by and loved Nick," said Collins as he addressed the crowd. "I talked to his sergeant over there, and he said they had the same kind of turnout as well when they did a memorial for Nick."

Collins escorted the casket home on Monday, landing at Lincoln Regional Airport in Lincoln, Calif. It was escorted once again on Tuesday, being carried out onto the mortuary grounds to its final resting place.

Burley's mother, Tammy Olmstead, was presented a memorial flag. It was one of several significant pieces of Tuesday's ceremony, and a small token of appreciation for a son who gave his life in service.