Citizens lined up along United States 40 (National Avenue) in Brazil to honor the return of Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville, who died May 21, from injuries sustained during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, while conducting a mounted patrol.
A funeral procession took place Friday to honor Fields. After his body was flown to the Terre Haute International Airport, he was taken back to Brazil to Moore Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements.
Brazil resident Deanna Coleman brought her children with her. They stood near Brazil City Hall as the street flooded with residents.
Coleman said she and her family also attended the funeral procession for Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz two years ago.
As the procession took place, her children asked several questions. Coleman said her husband is also in the National Guard.
"We're here to pay respect," Coleman said. "(Spc. Fields) served our country."
Fields had deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year with the 381st Military Police Company, 81st Troop Command as part of Task Force Guardian, a multi-unit military police force from Indiana.
He had enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 2006 and was a 2003 Northview High School graduate.
Spc. Fields had also served a tour in Iraq.
The Indiana Patriot Guard Riders led the funeral procession. In addition, several law enforcement agencies, including the Clay City Police Department, Indiana State Police, Brazil Police Department, Terre Haute City Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff's Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department, Knightsville Town Marshal and Carbon Town Marshal, all took part.
"This is to honor the soldiers who have fought for our freedom," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "This is about the family and the soldier."
The motorcade flowed through Brazil at approximately noon. The procession was greeted by a Garrison Flag (a 20-foot high by 38-foot long United States Flag), which was donated to the City of Brazil by the French family in 2011. The flag was hoisted by trucks from the Brazil and Greencastle fire departments.
Funeral home officials stated visitation times for Spc. Fields would be 2-8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Services will be conducted at the Brazil Nazarene Church Tuesday, at 11 a.m.
Funeral home officials announced Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana National Guard Adjutant Gen. R. Martin Umbarger would both attend the funeral.
Heaton and Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen told The Brazil Times Friday that beginning with visitation times Monday, North Washington Street will become a one-way street to Kruzan Street. In addition, traffic will be directed on Morton, McDonald and Church streets off Washington Street near the funeral home during visitation hours.