LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- Thousands of East Texans lined Highway 80 in his honor of a fallen East Texas solider. Army Chief Warrant Officer Bradley Gaudet, of Gladewater, was killed in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash.
"I felt that we owed respect to the family to show our respect and I want my children to grow up understanding the sacrifices that soldiers make on behalf of us in order for us to have the freedoms that we have today," said Winona resident Pamela Thurman-Ford.
With over 100 patriot guard riders leading the way, flags were everywhere along the route. Gladewater resident, Keith Cannon held his flag for two hours, waiting with hundreds of others along Highway 80.
"[He] gave his life for our country, and the least I can do--the most I can do--is hold this flag in respect of this man," he said.
"This man's got a two month old baby at home with a wife and he'll never get to see that child," said Army veteran, Mike Everheart. "It's our duty to stand out here, even if its 102 degrees, to honor this fallen soldier."
Visitation for Bradley Gaudet will be Sunday from 5pm to 7pm at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater. Funeral services will begin at 11a.m., Monday, at First Baptist Church of Gladewater.