By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The life of a Derry soldier was honored last week. The family of Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Geary received the state’s Medal of Honor in a ceremony held in Concord.
Gov. John Lynch awarded the medal to the family of Geary, one of four fallen soldiers receiving the honor.
Geary, 20, was killed in combat in December 2010, while serving with Fox Company 2/9 United States Marine Corps in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
He was a 2009 graduate of Pinkerton Academy.
The award was created to honor any New Hampshire citizen who has given his or her life while in the line of military duty since Nov. 4, 1979, the date when militants took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, holding Americans hostage for 444 days.
Lynch signed the law creating the medal in 2007. The bill was proposed by Derry’s Robert Letourneau, a state senator at that time.
Geary’s mother Nancy accepted the honor in memory of her son.
“I know the void in your heart will never be filled, ever, regardless of how much time goes by,” Lynch told the families. “Hopefully, this Medal of Honor will be reflective of our appreciation for your sacrifice and a memory that will last forever in the name of your loved ones.”