Meridian, Miss. Area officials are preparing a Hero's Homecoming for the body of a Clarke County soldier who lost his life in Afghanistan two weeks ago.
U.S. Army Specialist Terry Gordon, 22, was killed along with five other Americans when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Gordon's body will arrive at Meridian's Key Field tomorrow morning at 10:00 in a private ceremony with his family. Clarke County Emergency Management Director Eddie Ivy says following, Gordon's body will be transported down Highway 11 to Eighth Street, to Berry and Gardner Funeral Home, and the public is welcome to show support along that route. Also, he hopes the community will show up in a big way Saturday as Gordon is transported from Meridian to Quitman for services,
"We're asking the people that want to show their support and their love, caring for this family and this young man if they want to come out Saturday morning, we will be leaving the funeral home at 9:00 to travel to Quitman to the High School Auditorium and they can line the route there to pay their respects and their honor to this young man," said Ivy.
Although the receiving of the body tomorrow morning is private, the public is invited to show support along the route from the Meridian Regional Airport to Berry and Gardner Funeral Home. Saturday, the public is encouraged to pay respects along the route from Meridian to Quitman High School , and following the funeral, to the burial site at Campbell Cemetery.