The streets of Philadelphia, Miss., parted Friday afternoon, with people waving flags and looking on as a procession of love, respect, and loss followed a fallen soldier.
"The community has fallen together," said Philadelphia Mayor Rayburn Waddell. "It's sad it takes something like this, but it just shows that this community really loves and supports the military."
Sgt. Joshua Ladd was a Neshoba County native. He graduated from Neshoba Central High School in 2001. At a young age, he had longed to be in the military. Last Saturday, he died while serving with the 367th Maintenance Company in Iraq.
Josh would have been 21 years old in July. Left behind are his parents Randy and Deborah, and his sister Allison, along with a community that mourns with them.
Like most military families, Josh and his parents were well aware of this reality, but never imagined it would actually happen.