Oklahoma City_PRESS RELEASE_An Enid soldier who gave his life in Iraq last month in the defense of freedom was honored today on the chamber floor of the House of Representatives for his bravery and selfless sacrifice and commitment to the nation.
Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Michael Hake of Enid was killed on March 23 along with three other soldiers when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on a road in Southern Baghdad while on patrol.
House Resolution 1064, by state Representatives John Enns, Mike Jackson and Dale DeWitt, was read on the House floor followed by a moment of silence in Hake's honor.
"More than 1 million men and women have given their lives defending our nation throughout history," said Enns, R-Enid. "In that way, Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake was no different from them in that he was a man of valor, courage and unbelievable patriotism, but he was also a unique individual with his own personality and his own passions, visions and dreams for the future for his family. He gave up everything for his country, and I could not even put into words how proud I am that he is a native Oklahoman who stood in the face of evil to protect us, and yet how sad I am for the loss of his life."
Hake, 26, graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid in 2000 and joined the Army. He was assigned to the Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps music regiment and performed numerous ceremonial services honoring the lives of veterans.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Hake assisted with rescue and clean-up operations at the Pentagon. He then re-enlisted with an infantry unit and was deployed to Iraq. He was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed.
"I am always amazed by the courage and commitment that these men and women show in answering the call of duty to the country," said DeWitt, R-Braman. "It takes a unique kind of individual to leave everything behind and go wherever is necessary to protect our people. Without individuals like Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake, our entire way of life would collapse right beneath us. That's why it is so important that we stand with our soldiers and their families and let them know that we value deeply their sacrifice and commitment. Sergeant Hake is a true hero, and I for one will never forget him."
Hake will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on April 8.
"I am very honored to represent Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake and his family in the Legislature," said Jackson, R-Enid. "Men and women like Christopher are the reason we have these rights and liberties that we take for granted every day. I don't know how you can adequately honor a person who has given his very life for his country, but we hope that our tribute to Christopher today will help his family heal and let them know that he has not died in vain."
A copy of the resolution was presented to Hake's wife, Kelli, and his 1-year-old son, Gage, as well as his parents, Peter Hake and Denice York, his sisters, Shannon Hake and Keri Hake Cotton; and his brothers, Zachary Hake and Skyler Hake.
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