Members of the United States Marine 3rd Reconnaissance Team came to Brazil's Forest Park for a "Paddle Party," in honor of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, who died in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan in February.
The Marines presented the Stultz family with an "oar" paddle, a Marine tradition dating back to World War II.
Stultz' team leader, Sgt. Graig Fraser, said the Marine Raiders started the tradition.
"It's something only Recon Marines do," Fraser said. "Not all Marines get a paddle. It's an honored tradition."
The team stained and wrapped the paddle in Stultz' honor.
Several family members and friends gathered underneath a shelter at the park to pay tribute to Stultz, who graduated from Northview High School in 2006.
Prior to giving the paddle to the family, each Marine in attendance took the oar and honored Stultz by sharing memories.
Capt. Jordan Jones, who was Stultz' platoon commander and is an avid New Orleans Saints' fan, said he had the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl this year with the Brazil native.
Stultz was a rabid Indianapolis Colts' fan.
"As a Marine, Greg was the ultimate professional," Jones told the audience.
Fighting back tears, Fraser was the last Marine to speak.
"I was 5-feet from (Stultz) that day," Fraser said, referring to Feb. 19, the day Stultz was wounded. "But he didn't flinch. He was a warrior.
"Ever since Feb. 19, I think about him every day. I'm better for having known him. It was inspiring to work next to him."