TERRELL (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s been a little more than a decade since Terrell Army Sergeant Gerardo Moreno was killed in action while serving in Iraq. On Saturday his mother Sandra Iracheta received a special gift honoring her fallen son and recognizing his service to his country.

The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders rode into Terrell to deliver the gift. Printed on a large canvas was his portrait painted alongside images of his young children.

Iracheta said, “it makes me feel that they still care for my son”, about the gift she received.

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Sgt. Moreno was known to his family and friends in Terrell as “Chito”. He was only 23-years-old when he died.

His mother says she will never forget the words her son spoke to her when he left for war. She tells us he hugged her and said, “I have to do everything for my country no matter what.”

It was that kind of honor that he set out with to accomplish his mission in Iraq. Now that honor has been returned to his home and his mother.

Iracheta, says she was always concerned for her son’s safety in Iraq and she feared his death was imminent. It’s not the way she wanted him to come home, but his legacy now lives on in their hearts and on a piece of canvas.

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