The two children of a U.S. Army sergeant Floyd Lake of Laurel killed in action in Iraq received scholarships from the national nonprofit Folds of Honor Foundation.
The scholarships were delivered via wagon pulled by the Budweiser Clydesdales, which pulled up in front of the Lakes’ Laurel home on July 2.
Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, is a sponsor of Oklahoma-based Folds of Honor and donated $1.5 million this year to the charity, which seeks to raise awareness and funds for the families of soldiers killed or injured in the line of duty, said Rocky Sickmann, director of military sales for Anheuser-Busch.
“With the Lakes’ story and their sacrifice, we felt compelled to help them,” said Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor. “But it’s not just about the scholarship, it’s about honoring their sacrifice, and making sure this dad and husband isn’t forgotten.”
Lake, with 17 years of service, was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2006. He was killed in action in January 2007 at the age of 43 when the helicopter he and 11 fellow soldiers were in was shot down, said his wife, Linda Lake, who works as a customs and border patrol officer.
“He was a loving, dedicated family man. Dedicated to his county, his job, and he is greatly missed,” she said.
Andre Lake, 18, has been accepted to Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., where he said he will play as a running back for the football team and plans to major in civil engineering. Andre, a graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy, a military boarding school in Front Royal, Va., said he plans to join the military as a commissioned officer.
Tamila Lake, 15, is a rising freshman at Berwyn Christian School in College Park. She said she hopes to one day study law.
Andre and Tamila each received a $5,000 scholarship.