A memorial service for a local soldier killed in Afghanistan last week is set for next Monday, Memorial Day, in the ballroom of Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston.
The family of Army Pvt. Cheziray Pressley, 21, said doors for the event will open at 2 p.m., with the service beginning at 3 p.m.
His father, Raymond Pressley, said he expects a large crowd, and that interest in his son’s ceremony is coming from across the nation. The service will be open to anyone wishing to come by and pay their respects, he also said.
Cheziray Pressley had been in Afghanistan for just a few days when he was killed along with three other troops May 16 when a roadside bomb exploded in Zabul province, tearing into the vehicle they were riding in.
All four were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.
Pressley was a 2008 graduate of Fort Dorchester High School. He married in December and has a young daughter. He is second-oldest of the family’s four sons.
Pressley’s body is expected to be returned to Charleston some time on Friday, his father said.
The memorial is being handled by the Embassy Suites Hotel on International Boulevard in North Charleston.
Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.