A community is in mourning over the loss of a young soldier.
Hundreds of American flags lined the streets as a horse-drawn carriage led a funeral procession through the town. Local businesses memorialized Wood on their marquees.
A reverent silence fell over the town of Spencer as members of the community gathered in the gym of Owen Valley High School to remember Private Wood.
The 19 year old was killed in action by a roadside bomb on September 9, just a few weeks after being cleared to return to Afghanistan following his recover from a previous injury.
At the funeral, Brett’s cousin Josh Wood read aloud Private Wood’s last words. They were words he had written before returning to Afghanistan, because he had a feeling he wouldn’t be coming home. Josh says that made his cousin’s departure that much more difficult.
“This goodbye was exceptionally hard, because I knew it wasn’t just a bye, it was a goodbye, and I hate goodbyes,” he said.
Police Sgt Greg Denny says the community has come together to support the Wood Family in their time of need.
“If it would have been another son, that would have lost his life, they would have been here with us anyway to support,” Denny said.
The family held its own private ceremony in addition to the public funeral.