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Event planned to honor Anthony Vargas, fallen soldier from Reading

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 08 2013 02:41:42 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 05:08:35 PM CST

A fallen soldier from Reading will soon be honored during a brief service in City Park.

READING, Pa. -

A fallen soldier from Reading will be honored during a brief service on Sun., Nov. 10, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in City Park.

Family and friends will gather to honor Anthony Vargas, a U.S. Army soldier who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Nov. 8, 2010. He was only 27-years-old, and a beloved son, brother, husband and father of three.

"Anthony was a very respectful young man, very dedicated to his family," said Leticia Gonzalez, Vargas' mother-in-law and the ceremony coordinator, on the third anniversary of his death. "I just didn't want him to be forgotten."

During the event, loved ones will unite to share memories, say prayers, and free balloons. They hope many from the community will join.

"We want them to acknowledge that what he did was a brave act… [he] was brave enough and gave his life so a lot of people can have the freedom to do what they choose to do," said Gonzalez.

The event is planned to take place by the park's Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Gonzalez said she wanted to choose a spot in Reading, the city Vargas once called home.

"He always used to be all over the neighborhood. Everybody knew him," said Gonzalez. "He was a loving, supportive young man."