Northborough plants flags in honor of fallen Army Specialist

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Photo/Cheryl Arsenault
Flags wave in Northborough in honor of Army Specialist Brian K. Arsenault.

By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer

NORTHBOROUGH — Loved ones lined the streets of Northborough with American flags on Memorial Day in memory of Army Specialist Brian K. Arsenault. 

The 28-year-old Northborough native was killed in action on Sept. 4, 2014, in Ghazni, Afghanistan while serving with the Company B, 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. 

Arsenault received a number of honors including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, National Service Medal and the Afghanistan Service Medal.

Before he was assigned to his unit in 2012, Arsenault completed his U.S. Army Basic Training and Infantry School at Fort Benning in Georgia before also graduating from the Airborne School.

Northborough continues to honor the sacrifice of Brian K. Arsenault, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving the United States in 2014.

The flags along streets in Arsenault’s hometown were one of many ways the community has honored Arsenault and kept his memory alive since his passing. 

A plaque in his honor was installed in the Northborough Town Common in 2018, and motorcyclists have annually participated in a ride in his memory that began and ended at the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234. 

Arsenault graduated from Algonquin Regional High School in 2004. He played varsity hockey through all four years at the school. The hockey team has since worn camouflage uniforms during their games in his memory. 

His jersey, number three, has been retired.