Thursday, April 14, 2011


A young 20 year old soldier from Woodstock was killed in Mosul, Iraq April 5th.  His body came back home today and the people of Woodstock lined the streets with flags and prayers for him and his family.  The soldier's name is Army Spc. Gary Lee Nelson III.  He attended Woodstock High School, just like my kids.

Below, a little cub scout gives out American flags to people lining the streets.

Just a few minutes before the hearse carrying Army Spc. Nelson's body is to arrive, a car stalls on the street.  With no hesitation, five guys jump off the curb to push her car across the street to clear the path.

I could see his family's faces as they passed and I could tell they were so thankful we were there waving our flags and showing our gratitude and appreciation to them.  I can't even imagine what they are going through at this time.

There were countless police cars and veterans on motorcycles.  I could see the streets were lined with people on Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street all the way to the funeral home.

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