The Laurel County native always wanted to be a soldier and people say he died fulfilling his dream.
Services for Christopher Hamlin were held Saturday in London.
Dozens of motorcycle riders wanted to make sure people who came here to say goodbye to Staff Sergeant Christopher Hamlin could do it in peace.
There was word protestors from Westboro, Kansas would cause a scene… they didn't show, but others with much to say about an American hero did.
“It's truly an honor for us to come and honor a local hero,” Steve Patton said.
“Always upbeat, always positive. always smiling. Never remember a time he was down,” Rebecca Evans said.
Rebecca Evans says Hamlin talked about serving his country when the two were teenagers.
“Everytime he would come back and you talked to him about his job he would light up. That's what's so great. You know he absolutely loved what he did and he was so proud to be doing it. That gives me comfort knowing that he died doing what he loved to do,” Evans said.
People say Hamlin should be remembered not just for what he did for his country but what he did for his community.
Much has been said about the horrors of the war, but Hamlin's friends says he saw Iraq in a different light.
Staff Sgt. Hamlin was laid to rest Saturday at Potter Cemetery in East Bernstadt.