The body of an Indiana soldier was returned to his hometown Friday, and the community is coming together to prepare for his funeral ceremonies next week.
Specialist Arronn Fields, who is from Knightsville, was killed May 21 in Afghanistan.
Vanita Moore is one of the owners of Moore Funeral Home, the company in charge of Field’s funeral. She says the community has banded together to honor the town’s fallen hero.
“As a matter of fact, one of the military people said to me, this is one of the largest outpouring of people in support that I’ve ever seen,” Moore says.
Clay County Sheriff Deputy Rob Gambill says law enforcement is preparing for a large turnout to the burial ceremony Tuesday morning. He says his office is basing its estimates in part on the crowds that participated in Friday’s procession, when Fields’ body was transported from the Terre Haute airport to the funeral home.
“We had over a hundred motorcycles involved, numerous family members and other police officers and military officials and so forth, so I’m expecting just a very large number of visitors,” he says.
A public visitation is being held Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.