After an ongoing search, recovery and investigation, Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillen is finally being laid to rest.
Guillen was last seen on April 22 at her Army base in Fort Hood, Texas.
The missing soldier was recovered on June 30 when investigators found her remains near the Leon River.
After more than three months since her disappearance, arranged funeral services are taking place for Guillen, challenging her loved ones to bid their final goodbyes.
Family and friends of the fallen soldier have taken to social media to share their thoughts ahead of Friday’s public memorial service.
Woke up and gave the biggest sigh. 😔 praying for the right things to say today, the strength to endure whatever comes our way.— Cari✨ (@carii_breezy) August 14, 2020
today. not ready.— Ash (@11MaciasA) August 14, 2020
I pray for strength today.— Tania (@taniam98) August 14, 2020
The open memorial service including prayer, praise, announcements, testimonials, divine mercy, a living rosary and obsequies will take place at Cesar E. Chavez High School, Guillen’s alma mater.
The Guillen family will also speak during the service.
Today you’ll be honored like the queen that you are 🕊🤍@vguillen_30 love you sis— Mayra Guillen (@mguilen_) August 14, 2020
The public is invited to attend Friday’s memorial.
Saturday’s events will private for family.
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Vanessa Guillen, we love you always and forever, you may not be with us physically, but spiritually you are ! A beautiful young lady gone to soon and taken away from her family. Vanessa Guillen, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teammate, a girlfriend, a grandchild, a warrior, a life, a wonderful person. Friday August 14th at Chavez High School, the Guillen Family will be having a public memorial service from noon to eight, anyone is welcome to come. Chavez High School is where Vanessa played soccer, track, cross country, and graduated top 15% of in 2018. Friday will not be a day about justice or about our military reform, it will be about Vanessa Guillen. Friday will be the day of Honoring-Remembering-Cheering-Praying-Respecting her beautiful life god gave her. Please slide to see the following publications, which are in English & Spanish, it demonstrates the timeline-information of the memorial service. Please share this post in your story or page-with your family and friends ! People are more than welcome to bring flowers, candles, paintings of Vanessa, etc. Please make sure to wear you face covering and we will also be enforcing social distancing as well as a sanitizing station. Let’s honor her beautiful life and thank Vanessa Guillen for her service into serving the United States. Always & Forever in hearts and minds, Vanessa Guillen. [ Please click on the link in our bio to send a message to the family or send flowers-letters-etc. ] link : https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/houston-tx/vanessa-guillen-9257378 [Saturday August 15th, The Mass and Funeral will be private for only close family and friends, no media or cameras will be allowed] The event will also be livestream on The Facebook Page : Find Vanessa Guillen #vanessaguillen #remembervanessaguillen #rememberingvanessaguillen