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Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson // Photo provided by Mulhearn Funeral Home Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson // Photo provided by Mulhearn Funeral Home

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A local soldier killed in Afghanistan has made his final journey home. Many people came out to pay their respects for Bryan Henderson and his family.

American Flags lined the road leading to the Monroe Regional Airport all to honor Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson. Army Veteran, Ron Griggs, says "I'll promise you it touched their hearts."

Henderson died while serving in Afghanistan. His body returned home Thursday to streets crowded with people standing in silence and holding flags. Community member, Ronda Herlevic, says "as soon as we saw the vehicles coming there was just a calm and a quite. That was amazing to witness and be apart of." Military veteran, John Nolan Jr. says "just standing quite on the side of the road, it means more to that family than people will know. They saw flags all the way, that was important for us to do."

Henderson's helicopter went down in South Afghanistan, something one army veteran knows all too well. Griggs says, "I spent two tours in Vietnam and got shot down four times."

Hundreds lined the streets some friends, some military veterans, and others just wanting to pay respect to Henderson. Community member, Debbie Rainwater, says "we appreciate the service for our country. We wanted to be here to honor him, and his family."

Police from Ouachita and Franklin Parish escorted Henderson and his family from the airport to the funeral home. Nolan says, "proper respect and display of the United States of America Flag is second nature to us. Honoring those who have fallen is second nature. It's our duty, it's still our duty."

Many in tears watching Henderson and the family drive by, others saluting. One thing everyone agrees on, Henderson is a true American Hero.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 PM Friday at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro. The service will be followed by the burial services at Boeuf Prairie Cemetery in Fort Necessity.

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