LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Community members lined the streets of Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Osborn's hometown, Stockwell, Ind., to show their respects to the fallen hero.
"I just think this is so awesome for people that are honoring the memorials and all the soldiers that have served and are serving," said Stockwell resident Thelma Morgan. "It's just awesome."
"We are so lucky that these men and women give their lives so that we can stay free," said Dayton resident Betty Winstead.
"I know a host of men and women who serve in the armed forces and they make tremendous sacrifices," said Stockwell resident Steve Prasuhm. "I just appreciate them."
"Keep strong and know that your soldier fought for our country and that he's the reason I'm free today," said Dayton resident Ciarra Davis.
With flags lining the streets, Osborn's funeral procession passed through town. A somber afternoon for members of the community who said they wouldn't have missed the hero's trip through town, but that somber mood wasn't present at the public memorial Saturday night.
"Like I said earlier, we're not here to cry a river of tears," said Osborn's father Creigh. "We are going to share stories about a life lived. About a man who loved everybody, and everybody loved him, especially in the halls and walls of this building."
Creigh said having a son like Kyle is a true privilege.
"It's an honor and a privilege," said Creigh. "Not one that I'd put on another parent, but it's an honor."
An honor that more than just Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Osborn's father felt.
"You were a great brother and a friend," said Kyle's brother, Kade. "I will love you always."
Kade shared stories about his big brother, who he called his hero during the public memorial service inside Osborn's alma mater, McCutheon High School. Osborn's father, sister, wife, and good friends also shared stories of who they called, the greatest man they'd ever know.
Sarah Salazar said she knew Osborn when she was younger, and after Saturday, she said she knows him a little better.
"It made me feel better to hear them," said Salazar. "Even though I didn't know him as well as I would have liked to. I felt like I knew him today."
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