Budweiser Clydesdales visit military family

Photo: Eli Christman via Creative Commons

Anxious Laurel residents waited to catch a glimpse of the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses as they turned down Cherry Lane Tuesday.

"I feel like it's for my dad," said Andre Lake, as the horses turned onto First Baptist Lane.

The mini parade stopped in front of Lake’s home as neighbors watched.

Andre, along with his mother Linda and sister Tamila, 14, waited outside their door.

"It's a day to remember," Andre said.

Budweiser, through the Folds of Honor Foundation, awarded each of the Lake children a $5,000 scholarship. The foundation honors the children of those who died while serving their country.

"He was only 43 years old when he passed away," said Linda of her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Floyd Lake, who died in Iraq in 2007.

"You and your family should not be forgotten,” said Rocky Sickmann, Budweiser's military sales director.

Linda described her husband as a dedicated family man who was also dedicated to his country and his job.

Lake died when the helicopter he and 11 other soldiers were in was shot down.

"It still doesn't replace that he was lost,” Linda said.

"I wish he was here so I wouldn't be needing this scholarship,” said Andre, who will play football at Shenandoah University in the fall.

He credits his success to his mother, who doesn't like the limelight, but has kept the family moving forward even when she almost died herself after losing a kidney.

"It's just been tough on her and she's a trooper,” Andre said.

"We as Americans should not forget the 1 percent that protect our freedom as we sit back and enjoy our lives," Sickmann said.