Patterson was a music education major who took leave from his studies at the University this fall to serve in Afghanistan with his Indiana Army National Guard unit based out of Valparaiso. During his time on campus, Patterson was involved in many activities, including ROTC, VuVox, Phi Mu Alpha and the University Chorale.
“Chris embodied the spirit of service and thoughtful leadership that best represent the students who attend Valparaiso University,” said Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler. “He did not hesitate to answer the call of service to his country and gave his life to protect others.”
The special memorial service will last approximately 90 minutes, and will include remembrances by fellow students and remarks from President Heckler. Attendees are encouraged to wear red in honor of the service of Patterson and all who have given their lives in service to their country, and to recognizethe men and women of the armed forces.