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Posted on | August 16, 2009 | Comments Off

On August 6, 2009, Sgt Jay M Hoskins from Paris, Texas was killed in action in Farah province, Afghanistan.  Paris is a town about 80 miles away from where I live.

If I have learned anything about living in Texas, it is that Texans love their state, but they also love their country and the soldiers who willingingly serve.  The press release reads as follows:

Officials in an East Texas town plan to line the streets with American flags to honor a Marine who died in Afghanistan.

A hearse carrying the body of 24-year-old Marine Sgt. Jay Hoskins is expected to make the six-mile journey Aug. 13 from a local airstrip to a funeral home in Paris, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas.

Hoskins died Aug. 6 with two fellow Marines when a roadside bomb exploded in Farah province.

The city’s Kiwanis Club is distributing 500 large flags on 10-foot poles, and the football coach at the local high school told The Paris News that he expects hundreds of students to line the route.

The funeral procession is expected to include all local law enforcement agencies and Patriot Guard motorcycle riders.

What is incredible, is the amount of support that Sgt Hoskins received in his home town he returned on August 13.  The following video will blow your mind.

May God bless our soldiers.

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