They come to salute and honor a young hero. Patriot Guard Riders, local law enforcement, and other East Texans who didn't know Sam Kelsey, but are forever grateful for his ultimate sacrifice.
"We love them and we appreciate them going for us and serving our Country," said Sue Abbott. "I hope us being here will help in some way."
"There's no greater honor as a soldier than to bring one of your own home and lay them to rest," said Army Sergeant Matthew Swanson.
Wiping away tears, loved ones stand in solemn silence as Kelsey's body is lowered from the plane that brings him home from war.
"He was a brave man," said Brandon Martin, childhood friend.
In a previous interview, Martin said Samuel always stood by his loved ones and that showed to the very end as he died trying to save a fellow soldier.
"Just a great guy, full of integrity and full of honor," said Martin.
An honorable life taken so young, protecting our freedom. And a sad irony for Sam's mother, who told KLTV 7 just this week she wanted her son home for the holidays... just not like this.
"I didn't want him to go back but he told me I'll be alright momma and promised me he would come home," said Denina Kelsey.
Funeral services for Sergeant Kelsey will be held Friday afternoon in his hometown of Troup. He will be buried with full military honors.
Courtney Lane, Reporting firstname.lastname@example.org
A young East Texas family, with their second baby on the way, walked into their brand-new home- the day after closing on it, and it was torn apart, flooded with water...
A Longview man has been convicted of murdering two people.
Hundreds of high school football coaches from across East Texas and the state are in Longview over the next two days for the second annual Piney Woods Football Clinic.
As a result of our recent cold weather many water pipes have burst. And bursting pipes also cause fire alarms to go off if they’re part of a fire suppression system.
The City of Tyler said Friday it will no longer use the material spread on roads during the January 19 winter storm, which apparently punctured vehicle tires.